Marijuana: More about Laszlo Bagi, one target of federal pot raids
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Bagi's record includes arrests on suspicion of drug use and DUI that date back to 1991, more than two decades ago. More recently, in 2011, he was cited for illegal fireworks and fourth-degree arson.
The following year, Bagi was name-checked in a Westword post related to a fire -- this one at Green Door Wellness, a dispensary at 155 Federal that he owned. There was a break-in at the business and a blaze appeared to have been purposefully set on the center's roof; we've found no reports about arrests in the case.
The Bagis have also taken part in litigation of the sort noted in documents found here.
Wendy Bagi wasn't named in federal warrants related to the raids, but like her husband, she's been involved in numerous MMJ operations over the years. For example, she and Laszlo are both mentioned in a December 2012 document from the Northglenn Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority, before which the Bagis requested an ownership transfer of a business, Green Medicals.
As noted in the complete doc below, Bagi stated that he owned nine medical marijuana businesses and eleven grow facilities in Colorado; he also had numerous people testify as to his character. In contrast, Chuck McGinness, who owned Green Medicals with his wife, Patsin, spoke against the transfer of ownership application. He maintained that Patsin "was forced out of the business by Laszlo and Wendy Bagi before a transfer was approved." In addition, Chuck "presented documentation regarding the debts and purchase of the business, and stated Laszlo Bagi entered into the purchase agreement with the intent to cheat those who were owed money from the business."
In the end, the Northglenn officials rejected the transfer -- but Bagi had plenty of other irons in the MMJ fire when the feds came knocking and put his business at risk. His attorney, James "Skip" Wollrab, told the Camera that $1 million worth of plants were seized by agents, who offered no explanation for their actions. Wollrab feared the losses would bankrupt Bagi, who he said had scrupulously followed all regulations regarding operation of the businesses.
Here's the aforementioned Northglenn document.
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