LIVINGSTON – An employee of a medical marijuana dispensary in Livingston denied allegations Monday that he sold marijuana to an undercover informant who did not have a medical marijuana card.
Gary Monroe Proffitt II, 40, was arraigned Monday in Park County District Court on one count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. Proffitt pleaded not guilty.
Proffitt works at High Country Buds, which is located on North 12th Street in Livingston.
According to court documents, a confidential informant purchased 5 grams of “Blue Cheese,” 7 grams of “Cinnamon,” 10 grams of “Cherry,” 10 grams of “Straw Cheese,” .5 grams of “Blueberry Chunk,” 38 grams of “Rice Krispie treats,” 55 grams of “Brownies” and a small glass jar labeled “Infused Peanut Butter” from Proffitt.
All of the items that the informant purchased are marijuana products.
The Park County Deputy Sheriff and Missouri River Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant authorizing them to record the interactions between the informant and Proffitt, according to court documents.
The informant was provided a body wire to record the transaction and given $100 in Missouri River Drug Task Force funds to purchase the marijuana products from Proffitt in September.
The informant did not have a medical marijuana green card.
In a recording of the transaction, Proffitt told the informant to be discreet about using the marijuana until he or she could obtain a green card because “they are operating in a gray area of the law.”
The informant made the purchase and then met with authorities in a different location, where the drugs were seized.
It’s unclear if Proffitt is still employed with the dispensary or whether he is in custody.
High Country Dispensary posted a message on its Facebook page in January, encouraging people to become members.
The post reads: “With the support of local officials, business owners and healthcare professionals, we have quickly became considered the most professional, compassionate, comfortable and caring dispensary in the area. For all change requests with a valid card, you will receive an incentive for switching to us. Join our family.”
Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News