The man known to Boulder, CO residents as “Dr. Reefer,” Pierre Werner, left the state after a new law prevented convicted felons from owning medical marijuana dispensaries. He moved to Nevada, but is now facing legal issues there.
After a raid on his family’s business in Las Vegas, Wener could be looking at federal charges, especially since both local and federal investigators served search warrants at several marijuana shops in and around Las Vegas in the fall.
Despite the individual decisions of fifteen states and the District of Columbia, federal law continues to classify marijuana as a controlled substance, and prohibits doctors from prescribing this. Law enforcement officials have not said what prompted the investigations in Nevada, and refuse to discuss the raid, saying only that casefiles remain open.
On Tuesday, Werner told the press that he hasn’t been arrested and doesn’t have an court dates, but that his Dr. Reefer referral shop in Las Vegas was raided by the DEA, IRS, and local police as part of a series of raids that targeted dispensaries.
In his interview, Werner said, “They didn’t just hit me, they hit eight other places. No one has heard anything about what’s happening. I wish I would have stayed in Colorado.”
He operated the Dr. Reefer medical marijuana dispensary on University Hill in Boulder, but his shop in Las Vegas, which is actually owned by his mother, he says is solely a referral service and doesn’t actually sell marijuana at all. Werner also said that the authorities had seized his computers and patient records, none of which have been returned.
Werner has two felony convictions for possession of marijuana for sale. He served time in New Jersey in 2000 and in Nevada in 2008. The latter state passed its medical marijuana law eleven years ago, four years after California broke ground by being the first in the nation to legalize pot for medical use.
Medical marijuana advocates maintain that Nevada’s strict regulations make it almost impossible to legally smoke marijuana. Patients are only allowed to grow seven plants for personal use, and cannot buy or sell marijuana at all.