Racketeering, other new charges filed in medical marijuana cases

Three people arrested in a series of medical marijuana dispensary raids will face racketeering and other new charges.

This afternoon Jackson Count Circuit Court Judge Tim Gerking set Aug. 12 pretrial hearings for Lori Duckworth, 50, and Leland Duckworth, 49, and David James Bond, 44. The Duckworths face added charges of racketeering, possession of substantial amounts of marijuana and three counts of money laundering, said Leland Duckworth's attorney, Leland Burger.

Court records show Bond also has been charged with racketeering.

The Duckworths were already facing 11 counts each of conspiracy to deliver marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, and 11 counts each of manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to deliver marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, four counts of manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

The defendants each have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Gerking had previously ordered the defendants not to have any contact with each other and to submit to drug testing at the court's request.

Berger successfully argued the couple should have the no-contact order lifted. The prosecution had no objection, he said.

Lori Duckworth, a vocal proponent of medical marijuana, is the executive director of the Southern Oregon chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The tearful Duckworths embraced in the courtroom lobby for several minutes after today's hearing.

— Sanne Specht

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