Tempe "Compassion Club" Delta 9 Busted for Pot Sales

Yet another "compassion club" in the Phoenix area has been raided by police.

This time, it was a place called Delta 9, located in a strip mall at Broadway Road and Hardy Drive in Tempe.

For those who don't know, the compassion club model has been a method used to provide medical-marijuana users with their medicine. They were more common before dispensaries were allowed to open, the concept being is that a donation -- as opposed to a direct purchase -- to the club gets a patient the pot.

Now, more than three years after Arizona voters passed the Medical Marijuana Act, the clubs are still getting busted.

According to Tempe Police Sergeant Michael Pooley, this bust came as a result of complaints that pot was being sold inside Delta 9. (Delta 9 is part of the formal name of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance in cannabis.)

There wasn't much drama to the investigation -- Pooley says employees of Delta 9 confirmed to police that they were selling marijuana, and police came back with a warrant to take inventory.

Pooley says three employees were arrested and booked into jail on charges of possession of marijuana for sale, a felony.

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