Pot dispensary owner says Colorado Springs police seized profits
July 22, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary plans to sue Colorado Springs police, alleging they illegally seized $13,000 in profits from his car.
Doctor’s Orders co-owner Robert Pooler has filed a notice of his intent to sue. He plans to seek $120,000 in damages.
Pooler says police searched his car after he was involved in a near collision and found the money in a bank deposit bag.
Pooler’s lawyer says he was moving the money to a new bank. Sean McAllister says many national banks have been closing dispensary accounts to avoid moving marijuana money across state lines, forcing owners to move accounts.
Pooler wasn’t arrested but McAllister says police say he’s being investigated for money laundering. Police aren’t commenting.