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Former medical marijuana card holder drops lawsuit against Royal Oak

 

ROYAL OAK — A medical marijuana patient who sued the city for banning residential and commercial growing operations dropped the lawsuit shortly before he was formally charged with violating drug laws and seven other felonies.

 

Adam Leslie Brook, 42, of Royal Oak was arraigned Feb. 22 in 44th District Court on one count of delivering and manufacturing marijuana, three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of felony firearm charges.

 

The charges against Brook stem from a raid the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted at his house on Jan. 12. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said NET seized about 600 grams of marijuana, two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun, a bullet-proof vest, marijuana candy, a triple-beam scale, and a tally sheet with names and prices.

 

“At one time (Brook) was a medical marijuana cardholder, but it expired last year,” Bouchard said. “He also has a felony warrant on the west side of the state for fraud pending and he’s already a convicted felon.”

 

Brook pleaded not guilty to the Feb. 22 charges. He is free on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Daniel Sawicki. The defendant faces a March 31 court hearing in Royal Oak that will determine if a crime was committed and there is probable cause he is responsible.

 

A thyroid cancer patient and longtime marijuana activist who used to organize the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Brook declined comment. His attorney, Joseph Niskar, couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

Brook spoke out against Royal Oak’s plans to restrict medical marijuana grow operations last October and again on Jan. 24, when he told the City Commission he would sue if they passed a zoning ordinance that allows qualifying patients to use medical marijuana but bans all commercial and residential growing operations. The commission passed the local law 4-3.

 

Brook filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 asking an Oakland County Circuit Court judge to stop Royal Oak from enforcing its medical marijuana growing ban against him. However, Niskar withdrew the lawsuit Feb. 18.

 

“Mr. Brook’s attorney has voluntarily dismissed all claims against the city. He didn’t say why,” Royal Oak City Attorney David Gillam said.

 

Four days later, Brook was in district court. Bouchard said Brook’s arrest had nothing to do with advocacy for medical marijuana or the lawsuit.

 

“We don’t track who’s going to sue,” the sheriff said. “Information often comes from tips and complaints to NET or someone saying I bought or sold to this person.”

 

Last August, NET investigators arrested 16 people from Oakland and Macomb counties, including nine owners and employees of the Clinical Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Ferndale, for conspiracy and manufacturing and delivering controlled substances.

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Well I guess they silenced him. It will be interesting to see the facts come out in trial. The police paint a pretty bad picture, but as we have seen with the other press releases from the earlier raids almost everything that that sheriff Bouchard said was a lie. So why would Bouchard be telling the truth this time?

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