After over 9 months of slow court proceedings, I’m happy to announce that the Project Gator court case is finally over with both parties reaching an agreement Monday afternoon. Rather than mentioning all the details of the day, I’m going to get straight into the details.
The arrangement set a fine of $150,000 plus victim surcharge for Marc and Jodie Emery each. They both have two years of probation and are restricted from working in illegal dispensaries or promoting them.
Chris Goodwin received a fine of $10,000 plus victim surcharge (standard dispensary owner fee) along with 18 months of probation and being restricted from working at illegal dispensaries. His wife, Erin Goodwin got a fine of $3,000 plus victim fee and 18 months of probation. She is also restricted from being associated with illegal dispensaries.
Britney Guerra was fined $10,000 along with 18 months of probation and can’t work for, or own an illegal dispensary.
This is a mixed blessing with a large sum of money being asked of grass root activists, specifically the Emery’s who stated they gave a lot of money to charities and community programs. On the upside, none of the five accused are going to be spending anytime in jail as a result of Cannabis Culture’s dispensaries.
As a bonus, the other 17 individuals accused at the various Cannabis Culture dispensaries of a total of 180 charges had their court cases dropped as a part of the agreement they settled upon.