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8/14/2012 6:00:00 AM
Task force nabs son of Kingman mayor
James Salem
James Salem
Brandon Militello
Brandon Militello

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


Kingman Mayor John Salem's 19-year-old son and his roommate have been charged with growing marijuana.

Trent Salem and Brandon Militello, also 19, were arrested Friday after officials with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a home shared by the teens in the 3600 block of Wells Street.

Both Salem and Militello hold valid medical marijuana cards.

Under guidelines passed by the Arizona Department of Health Services, qualified patients are allowed to grow up to 12 plants and have 2½ ounces of pot.

Authorities said Salem and Militello had 60 plants in two rooms devoted solely to growing.

MAGNET Task Force Supervisor Jamie Clark described the setup as fairly elaborate and said the rooms had a ventilation system and a portable swamp cooler to control the humidity.

MAGNET seized a total of 4½ pounds of marijuana from the residence, along with a half-pound of hashish.

The two face felony-level charges of cultivating and possession of a controlled substance.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Card Holder For AZ

I hold a card and because my disease keeps me from growing, I rely on someone to help me such as maybe these two young men. I am 53 years old with a disease that has no cure. It is called Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. My immune system is failing. Any prescription drugs will complicate my situation further. So, I choose an herb that is grown just like any other plant or vegtable. I am a total organic freak when it comes to my eating habits, I walk my German Shepard over 15 miles a week, so why would I let the pharmaceutical giants kill me? Does this sound like a stoner to you?

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@tj denton

Ok....you made the claim..."it's harmless"...so back that up. Show me some studies or info that says it has no harmful products in the inhaled smoke? Harmless means absolutely no bad effects. I don't care whether it's tar, CO, or something else....if it's not healthy...it's harmful, right?

I'm not the one saying it's harmful....but if it gives you a high...it has some effect on the body, correct? Do we know what those effects are over long periods of time with heavy or even moderate use? Back in the 50's and early 60's doctors actually recommended people smoke for certain conditions. Ever heard of that happening recently?


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

so you dont want anyone to capitalize on it? who cares, medical or otherwise what its used for. its harmless, something that has causes zero known deaths? come on, it should be 100% legal and people should make it a business.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@tj denton
I never said it was horrible. It's when people say pot never killed anyone that I disagree. Maybe if they said "that we know of"...it would be a bit more reasonable.

As someone stated...DUI or DWI doesn't always have to be alcohol. When someone drives drunk and is killed in a wreck...did the alcohol kill them...no, it was a contributing factor. As could be pot if they had been smoking.

But no one ever gets a little high (on anything) then drives somewhere, right? If thats true....things sure must have changed since the 70's.

I've also heard the old BS about cigs being more dangerous than pot. Likely so since they contain nicotine which is addictive to most people causing excessive use over time. But, if someone smoked as much pot as most smokers do cigarettes...do you think it wouldn't affect their health?

You are really preaching to the choir. I'm not against the use of pot. I am against the draconian penalties for small personal amount in some areas. I'm not fully supportive of medical use...but in many cases I do agree it can help people. As this case illustrates (and I'm not making any judgements) it seems like it might be awfully easy to get a card with just a few visits to the right doctor. And now is the time when many are doing it, not for the actual need, but because there are no dispensaries, (and may not be for a while) they can grow at home and...uhhh "give away" the excess. But we know it's not being given away to other card holders, right? Thats not even legal as I understand? So..where could it possibly be going?


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

stokes, ive heard of that too. still cant tell me why marijuana is so horrible though, or can you? can anyone?

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: The dude abides!

Good old Arizona, gonna make a big deal out of these boys having a few pounds of weed and a bunch of harmless plants.

Oh, and HASH. Oh the horror!


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

R.

it seems to me that you are the one who knows nothing of the subject considering you cant give me a serious answer. Marijuana is only illegal because william hurst didnt want hemp to take over as the number one textile coupled with racism of the 20's-50's


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ tj denton
Ahhh indeed....my mistake. I've also heard of kids eating aspirin, tylenol or mommy's crack rock and dying.


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: CC DUBYA

It's simple the cops are protecting us from ourselves, like it or not. Therefore they must prosecute the war on drugs and alcohol (the most abused drug in the history of mankind) vigorously. It's big money, it's here, and it's now and it drives the authorities to pursue and hassle people who are harming no one in the guise of fighting the war. Besides it's a lot easier to aprehend a pothead than a meth head. So, if ya got a choice pick the easiest path. After all morality must be legislated no matter how much money it costs. Right?

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@ tj denton

Yes, me! I die of boredom every time I listen to a pothead ramble on about unsubstantiated nonsense that they know nothing about!


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: more jobs, more tax money

Just an idea for our mayor and county officals. Kingman and Mohave county could welcome the new medical marijuana industry. We the people need jobs and the city and county could use the extra tax money!!! I think it would be better than the idea of more cops and more jails in order to profit off the industry.

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

stokes.....have you ever heard of alcohol poisoning???

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: Do It Already

Legalize it and tax it! The government would be out of debt in probably 3 years. I'd rather see it regulated and taxed. And maybe it would cut down on the cartels and the damage the illegals are doing to our environment by smuggling it in. What a waste of money to keep arresting and holding not just card holders but other people who use and cannot or are afraid to get a card. And seriously, we have a bigger issue with tweakers and rx med abusers, we really need to redirect this whole issue to where everyone makes out financially and start focusing on the hard core drugs that create violence, worse crimes and are ruining families and our youth.

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: Green Girl

OK...just checked out my medical card and no where on it did it say how many plants or how much one can be holding. The only reason I knew how many is the limit is I stumbled over an article where the cops stole somebody's plants. When they send out the cards to the folks who are "licensed to cultivate" they should enclose a copy of the bill. As far as the hash goes it is a byproduct of the weed. I've heard about guys wearing leather aprons and walking through the fields then taking a blade to scrape it off...voila,hash. Should be part of the original charge. But the state makes so much money off the illegal aspect I'm not surprised they can't be content with the $300. they already made off these boys.

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: Card Holder

People need to read up on the law before you pretend to know what you're talking about. You people have no clue!! And to the people that think you have to have a certain appearance to have a debilitating condition, are you really that ignorant?? It's nobodies business what these boys had. I live with chronic pain every day of my life because of a disease I have. On the exterior, I look like a very healthy 32 year old. So all I ask, is no what your talking about before you make yourself look like an idiot. You have no idea how much this plant helps people, in so many ways. And whats wrong with helping other patients out when they can't afford their meds?? Nothing at all! How about we focus on the thousands of tweakers trashing up our town

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: j .

@tj denton

Driving while intoxicated causes deaths whether its alcohol or marijuana.

Enjoy your link :)
http://watsonville.patch.com/articles/marijuana-to-blame-for-hwy-129-fatality-others


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

Well tj denton

Other than someone getting hit on the head with a liquor bottle or an exploding still....I doubt anyone has been killed by either tobacco or alcohol.

Contributing factors...absolutely! Cancer, cirrhosis, etc....sure...but those are causes of death.....not tobacco use or alcohol use.

Coroner report...Cause of death... End stage lung cancer, possibly due to long term use of tobacco products. (Oh...and he smoked a lot of weed too, but that hasn't been proven as a contributing cause...since it's illegal in most areas).

Had a granny who smoked 2 or 3 menthols a day for 40 yrs, believe she was 93 when she passed. Cause was heart failure and general health. (This was in the 80's) Lived on her own til 3 yrs from the end. Maybe she toked a bit as well...it's possible..she was in SoCal. So...where do we place the blame?


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

R. if you want to win this argument. give me one instance when someone died from marijuana use. Because I can find millions where tobacco and alcohol killed someone, seems to me that youre the one who is about to look dumb

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: Jonathon w

Legalize it and you have two entrepreneurs instead of two criminals. Crazy how that works.

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@ tj denton

Really? You mean the tar and carcinogens in marijuana hasn't led to ANY deaths but the tar and carcinogens in tobacco has? In spite of the fact that each marijuana joint has been proven to have the equivalent of 20 tobacco cigarettes?

You know what I love about potheads even more than the deep, intelligent conversation? I love the statistical information they make up as they go along! If you can't speak intelligently why bother speaking at all, you just make yourself look dumb...gee, could it be that's why they call it DOPE?!?


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

@ kingman mom

the "authorities" have no right to look into the validity of ones medical marijuana card. that information is covered under HIPAA laws and is between the patient, doctor and the AZDHS.

and everyone who says well these guys dont need a card... please inform me of where you attended medical school.


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

tobacco-5-7 million deaths worldwide per year
Alcohol- 2.5 million deaths worldwide per year
Rx drugs-100,000 deaths per year in the U.S

Marijuana- 0 (ZERO!!!!) deaths in the past 10,000 years of documented use.

if you oppose the use of marijuana, please inform me of your argument as to why


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Article comment by: grow hope

Well if the cops can't prove they sold the pot, all they will have to do is have three more card holders say they were all growing their meds. at that location. Its legal for 5 card holders to grow together 5 cards x 12 plants = 60 plants. Duh...
As for the amount of weed well they all better be caregives also Lol...


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Article comment by: give them a break

@other paper .

I would hope they don't get off with slap on hand. they can't plea bargain, well maybe and exception? They have to go t court, is that city court? they will have to pay fines maybe not jail. It is first time offense, they are not bad boys, they are not in gangs, they are not in a drug ring. Give them a break, they got caught and i'm sure they feel really bad about embarassing the mayor.


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Article comment by: Anonymous bs

Is that what they're going to say in the cover uP?

Good thing its not back in the 80s when they would seize a house over something like this.



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