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If you are under the impression that Colorado’s medical marijuana laws make it easier for people who shouldn’t have pot to get it, consider the case of 18-year-old Faith Shirley and 20-year-old Stefan Zittel. The two have been charged with forging medical marijuana doctor-referral forms, attempting to influence a public servant, selling marijuana, and conspiracy to sell it (via Fox 31).
In late May, the Denver Police Department launched an investigation into a Craigslist ad offering such forms, according to the Denver Daily News. The charges allege that Zittel and Shirley sold forged forms and conspired to illegally sell marijuana.
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Shirley remains in the custody of the Denver Detention Center; her bond is set at $5,000. Zittel has been released from custody on $5,000 bond. Both are expected in court on Friday.
Not everyone involved in the supply side of medical marijuana is looking to get rich, however. As Westword reports, the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of the Rockies wants to ensure that “indigent patients have access to low-cost medical marijuana and other alternative treatments.” As a means to that end, the organization says it follows all the rules of a nonprofit, although federal restrictions prevent it from officially becoming one.
Vanessa Martinez contributed to this post.