Grand jury refuses to charge three marijuana growers

GRAND JUNCTION — A grand jury has declined to bring charges against three Western Colorado marijuana growers, months after the operation was raided following a neighbor’s complaint.

Prosecutors asked for charges, including felony marijuana cultivation, against three owners of a medical- marijuana dispensary called Naturals, A Wellness Center.

The growing operation was raided March 9. Officers from the Western Colorado Drug Task Force found 1,080 marijuana plants and asked for patient registry cards to justify that amount of marijuana.

The three owners — Cristin Groves, Brian Groves and Sid Squirrell — insisted they were following state law and are legal caregivers entitled to grow pot for medical-marijuana patients. The owners shared marijuana registry cards.