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A Carlsbad man who was arrested on suspicion of making deliveries of “medical marijuana” to “patients” made a plea deal this month, in San Diego’s North County courthouse.
Taylor Patrick Jensen, 22, pleaded guilty to possession of “a usable amount of marijuana, more than one ounce,” and was immediately sentenced to time already served.
The young man was arrested last June, after a citizen suspected that drug sales were occurring on the street, near Santa Isabel in Carlsbad, and the citizen contacted police.
When officers contacted Jensen, he reportedly told police that he was “going to make four or five more deliveries,” and willingly showed police the marijuana and THC-infused candies in his car.
Carlsbad police officers testified at a hearing last August. They said Jensen admitted to them that he wasn’t going to leave any marijuana for any “patient” who did not pay him. A judge also noted, during that hearing, that Jensen did not describe his role as “primary care-giver” to officers.
Testimony suggested that Taylor Patrick Jensen, 22, and his mother, Kristin Jensen, 43, believed they could lawfully operate a medical marijuana dispensary from their home in Carlsbad. The two had obtained a proper seller’s permit to run a non-profit corporation named “Higher Elevation” in the 2900 block of Corte Diana, defense attorney Lance Rogers seemed to suggest at the hearing.
At the end of the hearing on August 6, that judge ordered Jensen to answer a single felony charge of possession of marijuana for sale, for which Jensen could have gotten three years custody, according to a prosecutor.
This month, on November 15, 2012, Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman accepted Jensen’s guilty plea to simple possession of marijuana as a misdemeanor. The judge then immediately sentenced Jensen to the one day of custody for which he was already credited.
Taylor Patrick Jensen had paid a $2,000 premium to All-Pro Bail Bonds and a $25,000 bond was posted the same day he was booked, June 13, 2012, and he had bailed out of jail that same day, according to court documents.