Ali Hillery, owner of Rocky Mountain Miracles, was found not guilty of cultivation and possession of medical marijuana by a jury on Thursday.
On March 19, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) informed Hillery that she was growing too many plants for the amount of patients she had listed in her database.
Hillery said the list was not updated. Her request to provide a new list was ignored, she said.
“This is a family-run business. We tried to do it all right. We don’t want problems. We don’t want trouble. We work hard to make sure we all stay employed,” said Hillery.
She used her life savings to start her business in November 2010 after learning her son had stage 4 bladder cancer.
“It was worth it to me for my son and for a lot of patients we have,” said Hillery.
Her son is now cancer-free.
Hillery’s business was doing well until the MMED showed up on March 20 with law enforcement.
Police confiscated more than 600 medical marijuana plants, said Hillery.
“It slowed the growth of business tremendously,” she said.
She was charged with cultivation and possession. Hillery hired a lawyer.
“I had to prove my innocence and take down the paperwork to show I had the right number of plants,” said Hillery.
On Dec. 6, Hillery was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Oh it’s very much a relief,” she said.
But her battle isn’t over.
“It’s taken us nine months to recuperate and get product back in the store,” said Hillery.
Hillery is also trying to get her business license. The process was put on hold because she was facing felony charges.