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Medical Marijuana Entrepreneur Pleads Not Guilty to Verizon Store Threat

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Jason Christ, nearly as well known for his legal tangles as for his traveling "cannabis caravans," pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Missoula County District Court to charges of intimidation in connection with an alleged bomb threat against a Verizon store.

The alleged threat came during an expletive-laced telephone call to the store on South Reserve Street on Aug. 18. Verizon employees said Christ complained about his service and threatened to bomb the store if he didn't get to speak to a manager, according to court records.

Christ is best known as the founder of the Montana Caregivers Network that helped sign up thousands of people for medical marijuana cards, often during traveling clinics. The business is now called CannabisCare+.

In addition to two felony intimidation charges, Christ also faces a misdemeanor violation of privacy in communications.

"I'd like to plead not guilty to all charges," he told Judge Karen Townsend.

Townsend ordered him not to leave the state without permission.

Earlier this month, Christ was arrested at the CannabisCare+ office for allegedly traveling to Arizona in violation of a court order that he stay within Montana while awaiting trial in the intimidation case. Allegiant Air records show Christ flew from Missoula to Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 22, according to a petition to revoke Christ's release.

Last week, Townsend signed an order permitting Christ to travel to Arizona from March 30 through April 4, and again from April 13 through April 20.

"Mr. Christ knows he has to give us detailed information about where he wants to be and when," Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul said during Christ's arraignment Tuesday.

Christ said afterward that his arrest was just a procedural matter.

"Technically, it was a violation of his conditions of release," said his attorney, Peter Lacny.

Christ wouldn't say why he needed to travel to Arizona.

A Craiglist ad touted the Feb. 28 opening of a CannabisCare+ office in Tucson. Arizona is one of 16 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that CannabisCare+ serves, according to its website.

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Source: missoulian.com
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