As the police entered with force, they begin to order customers, and volunteers to get on the floor. They entered with weapons, K-9 unit, and zero respect for the business establishment. The police entered with a battering ram, and made a huge scene, scaring our customers.
"This was not a drug house or a HOT-SPOT for terrorism. Why did they enter with such force?
While they were executing this illegal raid, 500 pounds of Illegal Marijuana was passing through Kansas by some unexpected Transporter using Kansas Highways to deliver LARGE amounts of Drugs and CASH!!! Police felt they were on to some sort of Large illegal DRUG operation with our legal retail cannabis store so, they wasted so many resources to conduct this Illegal search & seizure on April 20th 2022, wasted your tax dollars to come raid a perfectly legal store, when they should have been out arresting real criminals."
The police also started yelling "We know there are two more people in here, where are they?" Coincidentally the police terrified the construction crew that consisted of two honest men just working on a job site in our retail store finishing up the amazing remodel we were doing.
Guardian Recreational Cannabis Dispensary had hit a mile stone so fast that they wanted to show their appreciation to the thousands of customers that ascended on our retail store in less than 60 days. We literally had 150 to 225 customers a day!!! We literally opened up at the beginning with about 15-30 customers daily, then out of no where.......The Masses begin to flood the store!!!!!
We don't know where they came from, or how they arrived BUT, we felt the energy surrounding the retail cannabis establishment so, we wanted to say thank you by offering a newly remodeled dispensary that modeled Colorado at it's finest -
We had plans to tear down the existing front counter, install hardwood flooring, bring in 12 amazing hand-crafted epoxy filled, one of a kind Cannabis Dispensary tables that had all sorts of cannabis products, pipes, wax rigs, bud, dank-tanks all embedded into the table, with LED lights under neath what was to look like Green River ways in canyons - No other piece of cannabis lounge furniture has ever before been created until US, until NOW. These are tables we personally hand cut from trees in Kansas.....Black Walnut.
We could go on but we don't want to ruin the "Still anticipating" wait for this cannabis lounge coming to Topeka!!! So let's move on with this unfortunate story.
So as the police entered, on April 20th 2022 - We were just about to launch one of the largest days of business on record with the National Cannabis Holiday, and that was also our day to reveal the Cannabis Lounge, and new BUD TENDER ROOM, along with new lounge and furniture especially for you, our faithful cannabis family!!!
We truly appreciate you all, and care about how you feel when you enter our retail cannabis store, so all we wanted to do was provide each of you a wonderful experience BUT, the POLICE thought they knew better, and made the decision to not only violate US Federal LAW that DOES and WILL PROTECT US, OUR FAMILIES, OUR CUSTOMERS AND OUR FUTURE BUT, THEY ALSO MADE THE DECISION TO HARM THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CUSTOMERS THAT SEEK RELEIF FROM US......
NO - Were not a Hospital, Clinic, Medical Marijuana nor GET WELL snake oil.....You can see our google Reviews, and come sit in our store any day of the week to see, feel and hear the energy from the solid flow of customers just rolling into our store.
We became Topeka's ONLY Properly Labeled Recreational Cannabis Dispensary. We were one of the busiest retail stores around according to our customers that came from as far as Missouri to the East and Hays Kansas to the West in Kansas. We would see customers from as far North West as Bellville Kansas, and all the way Southwest corner of Kansas from Gardner, Johnson County Kansas, and it keeps going.....We became the (Center Stage) for Cannabis supporters all across the state of Kansas and surrounding states!!! AND NOW - We have become (Center Stage) to what is about to become a Nationwide story about how these illegal raids need to stop and injunctions need filed all across the US -
THIS IS NOT ABOUT US ANYMORE...... THIS IS ABOUT OUR FELLOW COMPETITORS, OUR CANNABIS FAMILY, OUR ENTIRE NATION OF CANNABIS SUPPORTERS -
WE need to rise up and stop this illegal transgression of mass proportions happening all across the US. It's hurting small to large business, and it is not a good economic plan for any city to interfere with movements that funnel millions of tax dollars into cities that are already failing so bad that the streets can't get fixed, schools are cutting budgets, homeless people are on the rise because un-employment is through the roof BUT, let's not forget, were still considered in a (PANDEMIC) and the world around us seems to be crashing but, thats okay, Let's make dumb decisions, waste tax dollars, run off honest business that can help improve the deprived city, and continue to go backwards!!! Sounds like a great plan city of Topeka!!!
Kansas Code of Criminal Procedure K.S.A. Chapter 22 - Article 25 - Search & Seizure
Okay, moving on, so when the police came in they did not even show Coy, our volunteer, the warrant, who asked for it. The reason they didn't is that they did not even have the warrant signed until 3:01 pm by the Judge, YET they entered our retail store at 10:45 am. Guardian has three units. They are Units #7 # 8 & # 10 - There are civil rules of procedure in Kansas when it comes to executing search warrants.
The Police stole over two hundred thousand dollars ( $200,000 ) worth of cash, product and materials. They also stole from us our equipment we use to blend our Nano-shots, and our scales we use to make sure our products are weighed out as accurately stated on our containers.
They felt the need to damage our safes, breaking into them, stealing our cash from TIPS from customers that we use to pay it forward. They stole all of our cannabis products that we just restocked with. We had just restocked the previous 24 hours, in preparation for the April 20th 2022 (420) cannabis holiday. We were anticipating upwards of 300 ++ customers based off of text, e-mails and phone calls that had been pouring in all week to us.
The Police made a mess out of our store, receiving / holding area and the packing and inspection area. They threw trash all over, dumped out stuff on our stainless steel tables, left (SO-Called) Narcotics and paraphernalia sitting around, while focusing on all the products in the Large 1000 pound safes.
Why would police do such a sloppy job yet the cause for the warrant was based off saying that Schedule 1 Narcotics and paraphernalia were present and that we were selling (White unknown Powder Substances suspected of Schedule 1) Like what? Cocaine or Crack? really!!! WOW!!! We're a recreational cannabis dispensary, not the drug house off 6th avenue, which is where you should have been!
Why would police leave behind (Alleged) Schedule 1 drugs and paraphernalia that had (Alleged) (DANGEROUS DRUGS) on (Alleged) Paraphernalia and in multiple containers, and NOT take them with them for testing? Why would you leave them behind if a JUDGE ordered you to cease (ALL) of it? If it was so dangerous, you should not have left any behind. You essentially left an unsecured crime scene and did a sloppy job!
Here, let's expose some more. So why did the police only care to open our safe that had all our products in it, make a mess out of our place, and then fail to take things like the Drop safe that had money in it? The warrant told you to take it!!! All you did was take a hammer to it, and damage it to where we can't open it now but, thats okay, we got it on film!!! I bet while officer M. Hendricks was on one side blasting into our 1000 pound safes, some other Rouge officers were on the other side trying to use what tools they had to break into our drop-safe, located in unit #10, to steal our money....Sound dumb! Well, so explain why your officers took a hammer to our drop safe and then left it behind? We'll let you all explain this!!!!
Why would you leave pipes with (Alleged) Marijuana in it, and then take brand new ones that had nothing in it? That seems sloppy, weird, not in compliance with the warrant and pointless. Why would you leave behind so called paraphernalia that had our diamond sauce in it from Unit # 7 / 8 and yet you wrote down on the warrant you gave the Judge that you took that specific Wax rig? makes no sense!!!! We also have that on film!!!
Why would police leave behind (White Powder) they claim is Schedule 1 narcotic, when the warrant said to take it? Why would police not open up the multiple boxes that had never been opened to inspect them for substances that were in every unit? It was important enough to draft a warrant that sounded so important but, you did such a sloppy job, so what was this really about??? When a warrant is served usually you go through it all....You did not conduct this search and seizure properly. Why did you need to turn off the initial set of cameras, and leave them behind when the warrant ordered you to cease it???
You did not even take all the pipes. You left residue in jars all over. You poured out our NANO THC from the blender into a smaller container, and then took the empty 500$ blender and left the (Alleged) drugs!! Another (No-sense) action!!!
You took all our dank-tanks that you claimed were a danger and illegal yet, you left several sitting around....More sloppy work.
Here is one for the books - Why in the world would your team take our Cannabis Flyer Guy that sits out front to attract customers, yet open a box and find another one but, you then left it and only took one. If you took one, you most likely should have taken both or you had ZERO business taking even one!!
You unplugged our DVR and cameras but, did not take them with you but, your warrant ordered you to, and all you did was unplug them. You forgot the back up cameras...!!! Why was it so important to unplug all the cameras and leave them? What did you not want us to see that we saw anyway!!!
We could go on all night but, the facts are the facts, and our Law firm will receive this case tomorrow, and this is when real action can take place. A federal lawsuit will be discussed tomorrow with our law firm Sloans, as well as injunctions and other measures. The police had zero right to conduct this raid and STEAL OVER $200,000.00 WORTH OF OUR CASH AND PRODUCTS.
THERE IS NO GOING BACK!! WE DON'T WANT OUR PRODUCTS RETURNED. THE POLICE REMOVED THEM FROM OUR SUPPLY CHAIN, TOOK THEM FROM OUR CLEAN ROOM PROCESS, AND COMPROMISED THE PRODUCTS SAFETY.
We have heard nasty rumors that are simply not true. Not only did police say because we were cash only (WE must have been doing something wrong)
Just hours before the owner of Earths Choice CBD & Kratom
of Topeka, Kansas had his store also raided, he and a few others around town made open pubic statements that "We must be doing something wrong because we are cash only" and others were saying that "We must have been being watched for a while and been doing something wrong because the police would not have raided us!!!"
HERE IS THE FACTS PEOPLE:
Cannabis related Business in Kansas CANNOT GET A BANK ACCOUNT if you walk into a bank and tell them you are a cannabis related business. Why, because the banking ACT and regulations have not caught up with the laws that have been passed with cannabis in the USA but, the US Senate is working on passing HR 1996 the SAFE Banking Act.
If your a Kansas CBD or cannabis store and you have a bank account you got that bank account either by getting a Credit Union (NON-FDIC) bank to let you have a bank account or you lied on your application to the Bank and told them you were doing some other form of business like a DBA...
How do we know? Because we tired to get a bank account and were turned down and forced to conduct business through a POS (point of sale) tracking all of our sales, and having to conduct business in a antiquated manner, which was okay, the 1970's did exist and business did have hand written ledgers, which is legal and tender. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH A CASH BUSINESS. You should not accuse and slander - It will only backfire and fail to accomplish any real tyranny.
100% for sure that if you do have a bank account in this Cannabis business you most certainly lied to the bank or just got lucky and found a credit union that will give you a shot.
MOVING ON - MORE NEGATIVE SLANDER -
Then we heard from the Hemp Advocates in Kansas like Kellie Rippell Who wanted to offer a (Cut-Rate) (Low - Budget) blow to our operations by making snide remarks about how we operate. Also citing that he is concerned with how we operate. making more comments about us being "Shady" all while Kellie Rippell is over at Earth's Choice CBD and Kratom for a ribbon cutting ceremony offering statements about how that store is doing things right, and your there to make sure of it by offering your expertise....Well Earth's Choice was raided anyway, so now what is the claim about us and the store you said was safe Kellie Rippell?
Guardian will remain professional through all of this, regardless of what our so-called competition, and hemp experts in Kansas claim to know about us. usually you fear things you can't understand but, no matter how much you fear something, you should never just make up loose lies and slander another business just because you don't like them.
As another business, or even a Hemp advocate you should be cautious to point fingers and make comments that slander someone because it may come back to haunt you, and that is what occurred here.
LESS THAN 48 HOURS FROM OUR RAID:
All other stores in Kansas Topeka area were raided. Earth Choices CBD and Kratom is so arrogant that he openly stated that "I'll never get raided because I am doing things right..." All in the same statement bad mouthing us...
The point is, Guardian Recreational Cannabis Dispensary never did anything wrong, and now all other stores and nay sayers are now seeing that you all accused way to fast, and should have had your facts together first before trying to trash our company...Now we are all in this together, and if you want to gain strength, get over yourself and let's all pull together and unite as one, creating a committee that is made up of local cannabis business owners who can openly collaborate about issues and topics important to our community, which impacts all of as you can now see!!
Below are pictures of what the Police did to our store.
There is a lot more to cover but, for now we are going to leave you with the images that are burnt into our minds of what the police did to our store and facilities.