Longview police bust medical pot dispensary

2013-03-05T22:54:00Z 2013-10-30T08:16:31Z Longview police bust medical pot dispensaryBy Amy M.E. Fischer / The Daily News Longview Daily News
March 05, 2013 10:54 pm  • 

Longview police busted a Kelso medical marijuana dispensary last week and arrested four people for allegedly selling pot on the side to non-patients.

Agents from the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant Thursday at the “Grass Rootz” dispensary run out of a home at 1411 West Side Highway. While at the scene, detectives confirmed that pot grown in the barn was being sold out of the dispensary in the house, according to court documents. The barn contained 25 marijuana plants.

Inside the home, officers found more than a pound of processed marijuana packaged for sale. They seized $4,366 in cash, packaging material, THC-infused food items, a 9 mm pistol and paperwork, according to court documents.

The SCU had made several controlled buys from Grass Rootz through confidential informants, according to court documents.

Aaron P. L. Kightlinger, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of marijuana delivery, two counts of delivery within 1,000 feet of a school zone and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Kirk S. Kightlinger, 50, Mandy Henderson, 51, and Steffen Kightlinger, 25, were arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy. Each was booked into Cowlitz County Jail.

On its Facebook page, Grass Rootz posted a time-stamped surveillance photo of police approaching with guns drawn Thursday at 5:39 p.m. Beneath it was posted a drawing of a smirking stick figure with its arms crossed. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, the caption said

On Saturday, Grass Rootz’s Facebook status said a search warrant had been executed at the dispensary but that everyone was out of custody.

“Needless to say, we’re on a hiatus pending further notification,” the post said.

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(21) Comments

  1. loretta
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    loretta - March 06, 2013 8:40 am
    Seems pretty stupid to be selling to non card holders when it's well known how easy it is to get a medical card.
  2. lady_k
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    lady_k - March 06, 2013 8:58 am
    It's called medical cannabis for a reason, and the people of washington approved it, so why the fuss with the cops. If you haven't walked in their shoes to know their pain then don't judge and don't infuse your opinion until you know the situation.
  3. kaervek
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    kaervek - March 06, 2013 9:06 am
    "They seized $4,366 in cash"

    Good to know. "US Currency" on evidence logs is quite vague.
  4. Nordic Man
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    Nordic Man - March 06, 2013 9:42 am
    Truly a HUGE waste of taxpayer resources coming from a corrupt Cowlitz County prosecutor's office and the LPD! Shameful to go after a legal dispensary operating lawfully in a state that has legalized pot. Over the years I've watched this morally bankrupt local court system hammer those who should have been given a break and let some very bad people slide! I hope they all get sued for mega-millions!
  5. kaervek
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    kaervek - March 06, 2013 9:50 am
    Seems pretty stupid to blindly accept "facts" as presented by a paper who apparently didn't even bother getting statements from the accused.
  6. kaervek
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    kaervek - March 06, 2013 10:10 am
    Transparency is key.


    "Mandy Henderson and her partner Kirk Kightlinger have taken out a year lease on a storefront at 105 Allen St., just across the parking lot from Kelso City Hall and the police station[...]"

    Across from the police station, lol.
  7. gillnetter mole
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    gillnetter mole - March 06, 2013 10:39 am
    did not washington just pass a recreational use law ..you longview cops are a total waste of tax payer money..
  8. Bob C
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    Bob C - March 06, 2013 11:23 am
    Lets not forget the charge for "TAX EVASION". Pretty sure that's one of the gimmicks used by supporters to get people too Vote for this "Illegal Law". Just remember that "FEDERAL LAW TRUMPS" State Law every time. Suspect this is one of those guys selling it thru Craigslist too. Then calling for a donation and once again not paying their share of State Taxes as required in this socalled Law. Don't forget about the IRS Federal Law of 75% tax on sellars. Look it up was enacted late 1980's
  9. lurking
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    lurking - March 06, 2013 11:57 am
    Saddens me to see cannabis users being bothered at all. Waste of time and money.
  10. kaervek
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    kaervek - March 06, 2013 2:12 pm
    You can't be in-the-know and completely ignorant at the same time, Bob C. Pick one.
  11. KelsoLesbian
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    KelsoLesbian - March 06, 2013 2:15 pm
    I agree they should be left alone. However I think they were likely operating outside of the law, I guess my thought is, Who the heck cares? It's legal in WA state. Get a damned tax stamp and lets move forward with having these folks pay taxes on their business
  12. KelsoLesbian
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    KelsoLesbian - March 06, 2013 2:17 pm
    Agreed. Lets move on to the fact that I have had 2 bikes stolen (while locked up) in the last year. Also have you seen the amount of time spent at the Oregon Way Starbucks. Check out 7am to 10 am every day. 3-4 cop cars.
  13. babyz65
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    babyz65 - March 06, 2013 2:45 pm
    To me it makes the whole "legalize marijuana" effort, look bad. Everyone wants everything, their way, right now. People are starting to accept the idea. Why a supposedly legitimate medical marijuanna clinic, would sell to non medical marijuanna customers is stupid, and irresponsible. It seems greed stepped in, instead of being patient, and following the law, they have brought negitive attention to a new law that many people are still tryng to swallow. Shame on them for being so selfish...
  14. Lenny F
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    Lenny F - March 06, 2013 2:48 pm
    Actually the 10th Amendment to the Constutution of the United States say's otherwise. PS there is case law on this.
  15. Lenny F
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    Lenny F - March 06, 2013 2:49 pm
    You are 100% correct, Law Enforcement need to quit attacking the "low hanging fruit" and solve some real issue's.
  16. Bridget Waters
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    Bridget Waters - March 06, 2013 2:50 pm
    Unfortunately, that law was very narrow. It did not allow for growing at home, or purchasing from a friend, or even sharing.

    The law was made so that Washington State reaps all the monetary benefits and has all the power. Colorado's laws are way more liberal than ours. The only way we will ever be able to purchase weed legally is when Washington Liquor Board certified dispensaries open up, probably next year, unless Holder caves to the fear-mongers.
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    TAMI SMART - March 06, 2013 9:47 pm
    I would agree they should have left it alone and our prosecutor's and law inforsement in Cowlitz County is very corrupt I know by experience.Some friends and I got pulled over by LPD for driving on a suspended license and Judge told me to stand up for my right'snext time. Because I won a suppression hearing for a illegal search but the Seargent of the LPD told the his officer's not to uncuff me because I was troubleeven though after they searched me I should have been free to leave
  18. saracenjack
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    saracenjack - March 10, 2013 2:46 pm
    Its not wasteing tax dollars when Its stoping a crime. A crime is a crime . if you dont want the police knocking on your door . DONT DO THE CRIME!!! stop crying about it being a waste of tax money. They know that it was illegal and now they get to pay the price.
  19. saracenjack
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    saracenjack - March 10, 2013 2:47 pm
    yep that s my thinking on it
  20. amontes1105
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    amontes1105 - March 11, 2013 10:30 am
    I don't understand. I KNOW they only sell to medical marijuana users. They grow for medical marijuana users. Marijuana is LEGAL in washington state (with some exceptions such as selling to non-medical marijuana users) I'm not sure they did anything illegal. I know FOR A FACT that they have the paper trail to prove that they sell to medical users and grow for them which is ALL legal. Go ahead Aaron...accept the challenge and prove them wrong. A lot of people are behind you 100%
  21. nothingnessandnowhere
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    nothingnessandnowhere - March 28, 2013 12:25 pm
    Prohibitionist loosers will never let up. There is a chronic problem of shifting blame in humanities collective consciousness. First it was the devil (Witch hunts), then it was the drug war (witch hunt 2.0). Temperance and puritanic idealists are almost an infection, a disease. The same people who parrot personal responsibility and self determination are often those who then attempt to wage war upon any external source of cognitive dissonance because of their own weakness
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