Aaron Sandusky, 41, says he turned to medical marijuana after painful gout left him with an addiction to pain killers. His three Inland marijuana dispensaries are closed and he wants his case to go to the Supreme Court/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Published: 27 November 2011 06:28 PM

Aaron Sandusky is bloodied but unbowed.

For several years he owned G3 Holistics Inc., a not-for-profit company that ran three Inland medical marijuana dispensaries.

Earlier this month, federal agents raided facilities in Colton, Upland and Moreno Valley, which are now bare and shuttered, and cleaned out his 40,000-square-pot growing warehouse in Ontario.

A search warrant affidavit said the G3 stores were in business to profit and cater to anyone with money to buy marijuana, not just people with ailments.

Sandusky, 41, also faces a misdemeanor criminal complaint related to code violations and thousands of dollars in fines for running a business in Moreno Valley without a valid license or required certificate of occupancy.

Worst of all for Sandusky, a California appeals court set a precedent for how cities and counties regulate marijuana dispensaries. This past month, the 4{+t}{+h} District Court of Appeal upheld local bans on medical marijuana dispensaries in Riverside and Upland, concluding the bans do not conflict with state law.

Sandusky, of Rancho Cucamonga, said he’s received funds from supporters to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to help reopen his dispensaries. He said he’s already spent more than $100,000 on legal fees fighting at the local and state levels.

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