NC medical cannabis grower raided

By William R. Toler

[Note: This originally appeared at IndieRegister.com. The contact info for the involved agencies have been added below.]

Last Thursday, men with guns broke into Todd Stimson’s home to steal plants. todd raid

Stimson says he was brushing his teeth when he noticed police cars from the bathroom window. As he was going out to meet them, they busted in with assault weapons drawn on his kids.

“The treatment they give you…is in comparison to a terrorist,” Stimson said in an interview with Chase Rachels from the Blue Ridge Liberty Project. “Everybody was in army fatigues, army outfits…everything. And what they told the kids is it was SWAT training.”

[See video at bottom of post.]

According to local news station WLOS, the men with guns confiscated 75 plants, manufactured marijuana and paraphernalia.

The men with guns were from the Fletcher and Hendersonville Police Departments, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

However, Stimson says the men with guns only took certain items, leaving behind his state and national certificates and other paperwork and copies of Treating Yourself magazine.

Stimson was kidnapped and placed in a cage, but bonded out the next day. He is charged with:

  • [Felony] Manufacturing schedule 6 control substance (marijuana)
  • Felony possession of marijuana
  • [Felony] Possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana
  • [Felony] Maintain a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance
  • [Misdemeanor] Possession of drug paraphernalia

Stimson was previously arrested and charged with a felony for having “too much” marijuana.

What the station didn’t report is that Stimson runs Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corporation, a company that provides cannabis to individuals for treatment of various medical conditions.

The station also failed to report that Stimson has paperwork filed with the office of the Secretary of State and has thrice-obtained a privilege license for “Art of Healing.”

In addition, the station failed to report that Stimson has been paying taxes on his plants and obtained marijuana tax stamps from the government.

Prior to the raid, Stimson posted:

Again I am proud to say that the sales are increasing to help us proceed forward with everything we do in educating the public. Our 18th sales tax payment with E-500 form is $760.05 to be sent in. $534.85 going to General State Fund and $225.20 going to Henderson County.

So essentially, the government took money from him to pay for the raid that was conducted on him.

“If any man’s money can be taken by a so-called government, without his own personal consent, all his other rights are taken with it; for with his money the government can, and will, hire soldiers to stand over him, compel him to submit to its arbitrary will, and kill him if he resists.” ~Lysander Spooner

If Stimson’s peaceful activity of helping others is deemed “illegal” and he is found to be a criminal for his victimless crimes, then charges should be brought against Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State for the entity known as the State of North Carolina, and all other government agents who have assisted in helping him with his “illegal” business.

In 2011, Stimson was one of several people, including a doctor, who presented a resolution to support medical cannabis in the town of Fletcher, before it was unanimously shot down by the board.


Stimson’s interview with Chase Rachels of the Blue Ridge Liberty Project

Chief Erik Sumney
Fletcher Police Department
110 Parrish Municipal Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 687-7922

Hendersonville Police Department
145 Fifth Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 28792-4394
( 828) 697-3025

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 697-4596

 

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About Will

William R. Toler is a journalist and filmmaker born and raised in the Tarheel State. He has worked in both newspapers and television since 2005, dabbled in radio and is the managing editor of IndieRegister.com

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