Heidi Fleiss, former “Hollywood Madam,” has found a new ring to run. Tuesday The Nye County Sheriff’s Department has reported to have found almost 400 marijuana plants growing in her back yard and in a nearby home in Pahrump, NV.
In the late eighties and early nineties, Fleiss had taken the prostitution game as her own. She was 22 when Heidi began managing prostitution under “Madam 90210,” otherwise known as “Madam Alex.” Just four short months after taking over, our Hollywood Madam had brought in her first Million. Fleiss’s criminal record starts soon after.
Her first charges were filed in 1994 ending with a conviction soon leading to it being overturned in 1996. She had served 20 months at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in California after a federal tax evasion conviction in September 1996. Her sentence was 7 years long. After being released she was ordered to complete 370 hours of community service.
Though not much information has been released, we do know Police had found 158 plants in Fleiss’s back yard along with 234 more in a nearby home likely to be connected.
No arrest was made on Tuesday when the plants were found as they had no way of contacting her. After Fleiss was seen walking home, authorities share that Heidi had told officers she was growing cannabis and planned on selling it in Las Vegas to a cooperative. Fleiss had several exotic birds at her home and as a result of the police having sensitivity to their safety, she was not arrested.
Fleiss has no license to grow marijuana and has allegedly been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell according to Fox News.
Marijuana has been decriminalized in Nevada with a first offense of possession of one ounce is a misdemeanor punishable by a $600 fine instead of any jail time. You are still subject to arrest and penalties may include drug addiction screening and treatment. With a second offense fines may reach $1,000 fine and a drug addiction screening, but possession of two ounces can put a Nevadan in jail for up to four years. On June 12, bill SB 374 was signed into law, setting up an outline for patients to have access to medical marijuana. As the law frames around possibilities for medical marijuana, the Health Division will make rules for businesses no later than April 1, 2014.
With the new law, patients will be allowed to cultivate marijuana until March 31, 2013 and continue to do so if they don’t live near a dispensary. At any given time, patients may have only 1-2 ½ ounces during a two week period.
Along with many marijuana cultivators, Heidi Fleiss had no medical or cultivation license for the simple reason of being prepared. After the Health Division has an established set of rules, being a marijuana grower is going to harvest some wealthy rewards in Nevada. (Along with any other part of the United States.) Marijuana will soon be the biggest cash cow this country will be seeing in some time. With a harvest as large as Heidi Fleiss had, it is hard to believe she would not be cashing in big time as well as helping out countless patients facing pain and illnesses being treated by the “drug.”
Marijuana is a heated heading at this time, and to everyone interested in “The Drug War on America” please research the topic. Marijuana had made a great argument for itself, as have the protestors. The only opinion that matters is the one you create based on the knowledge you can derive from all of the wonderful resources we have.
No other information has been released about Heidi Fleiss’s charges, but I’m sure she has a great team of lawyers to help her through.
Written By: Jodi Phillips