City Desk

Capitol Hemp Could Get Plea Bargain Offer

The government's case against Capitol Hemp, which cops raided last October, is on the verge of going to trial. But now co-owner Adam Eidinger says the U.S. Attorney's Office has asked for more time to put together a plea deal.

"The government at the very last minute—realizing that we're going to trial and setting a trial date—said they're formulating a plea offer," Eidinger says. They'll be meeting with prosecutors on Jan. 27, but Eidinger says he's ready to go to court. "We're going to go all the way with a trial unless they offer us a full-on no contest."

Eidinger is still upset and bewildered by the MPD's decision to raid the shop. In March of 2011, police came into the shop to enforce the ban on "spice," or K2, the fake pot that he says the shops had stopped selling three months earlier. His relationship with the police was good up until the raid, he says.

So why did it happen? The police cite an affidavit as reason enough. But Eidinger isn't buying it. "This business running very smoothly and profitably," he says. His guess is that the motivation "must be political," and notes that his activism in food labeling and medical marijuana may not be sitting well with the city.

Rather than raiding the stores and confiscating what he estimates to be $350,000 in merchandise, cash, and computer equipment, Eidinger says that a conversation over any objectionable—though still legal—merchandise would have been more reasonable.

I put in a call to the U.S. Attorney's Office, and will update as needed.

Photo by voteprime via Flickr/Creative Commons Generic Attribution 2.0 License

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