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Williamston Marijuana Club Owner To Be Released

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Medical marijuana club owner to be released on bond.


MASON -- Ingham County District Court Judge Donald Allen today agreed to release Frederick Wayne Dagit on a bond that will allow authorities to monitor him using an electronic tether.



Dagit, 60, of Meridian Township, is accused of illegally dealing marijuana while running a medical marijuana club in Williamstown Township.


Dagit had been held at the Ingham County Jail for two months on a $500,000 bond, which his attorney called excessive. He is expected to released with the tether in coming days.


Prosecutors today amended the charges so that the maximum prison time Dagit would face is seven years instead of 15 years.



Dagit was arrested May 26 following police raids at his home and the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamstown Township.



An ordained minister, Dagit said he opened the club on Grand River Road in February as a haven for patients to buy medicinal marijuana from caregivers and socialize. He said he allowed caregivers to grow marijuana at the club for their patients.



Authorities say the law allows medicinal marijuana patients to grow up to 12 marijuana plants and have 2.5 ounces of marijuana for themselves, or a caregiver to grow up to 12 plants for up to five patients each. Authorities say they seized more than 100 pounds of "recently delivered" marijuana at the club and at Dagit's home, which is more than the limits allowed by law.


A preliminary hearing, which was to determine whether there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial, was scheduled for today. However, it was adjourned to Aug. 12.



Check lsj.com for updates.



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The idea of entrapment requires that the defendant would normally have conducted himself the same at any other time.


This case could not have taken place without the presence of the police.


Rev. Wayne was presented with a situation that seemed, however far fetched it may seem, was a completely legal activity. This was marijuana that was intended to supply patients. Many of those patients were fiction produced by the police. Leading Rev. Wayne to believe he had a sudden influx of patients to care for.


Only after convincing him of a fictional sudden influx of patients to provide for, they then offered to produce a large shipment of marijuana. They even offered to loan it to him.


For Rev. Wayne to purchase the entire batch of marijuana, Rev would have had to cough up about a half a million dollars. It would be impossible for the Rev to do this as a normal activity. He flat out doesn't have those kind of resources. At the time of his arrest, he was having a rough time finding the cash for a $10,000 bill that was due.


I believe this fits the requirements for entrapment.

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