Aaron Sandusky, president of the now closed medical marijuana co-op G3 Holistic, speaks to the Upland Rotary Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at the Landecena Community Center in Upland. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Staff Photographer)

Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/27/2011 10:12:57 AM PST

UPLAND — Aaron Sandusky has found another way to fill his time while his medical marijuana cooperative is no longer open for business.

Sandusky, president of G3 Holistic in Upland, has gone on a speaking circuit at various clubs and groups in the community.

“I need to get in front of all these people. It’s important obviously to spread the message and at least tell my story because they need to hear it,” Sandusky said.

Sandusky has spoken to other co-op owners, has spoken at City Halls and plans to speak to a group of doctors and other clubs.

He spoke on last Wednesday to the Upland Rotary club. Bob Redick, club president, noted that Rotary’s motto is “Peace through understanding.”

“We believe in understanding viewpoints,” Redick said. “We’re non-denominational. We embrace all faiths and we like to hear viewpoints especially when articulated in a sensible manner, so that we are much more interested in being informed than we are being political.”

Federal agents on Nov. 1 raided an Upland location and five others associated with Sandusky, whom they believe are illegally selling marijuana to the general public. The Drug Enforcement Administration, aided by sheriff’s deputies and police, searched the six locations connected with Sandusky and John Nuckolls, the president and chief financial officer, respectively, of medical marijuana dispensaries in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley.

G3 was shut down in September 2010 after Upland filed an injunction in West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.

G3 appealed the injunction in the Fourth District Court of Appeals, which allowed the co-op to remain open until its case was heard.

However, last month the court ruled in favor of the city’s ban on dispensaries through a zoning ordinance.

Sandusky filed an appeal in the state Supreme Court and is still waiting to hear if the court will take on the case.

The city has spent more than $300,000 on litigation involving medical marijuana cooperatives since August. Upland has spent more than $208,000 fighting G3.

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