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Bassett's Drug Bust - for Spirituality?

OK, this is weird. The proprietor of the vaguely healthy store next to Bassett's Health Foods on Secor has been charged with selling marijuana and mushrooms to people who join her Native American church and pay a fee.

Her name is Charmaine Bassett.

Does anyone know the inside scoop on this? I'm assuming she's part of the Bassett's family. Her store is named Anyana-Kai and I have neighbors who've been buying supplements there. I guess they're buying supplements :)

Blade link: http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2017/03/23/Arrest-warrant-issued-for-court-defendant.html

created by viola on Mar 24, 2017 at 06:10:35 pm     Comments: 7

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There is some video here: http://www.wtol.com/story/34976309/natural-healer-charged-with-drug-trafficking

To answer your question, yes she is related to the next door Bassett family. She's been tucked away in that strip mall selling weed and peyote to her church members for years.

She 100% believes that she is exercising her freedom of religion as taking those drugs are part of her religious practice. It may sound strange, but frankly it's 2017 and I am not sure why anyone cares. (not a jab at you viola)

Weed is basically legal in Toledo at this point AND I have been told the Judge is a VERY religious man, so this gets a little weird in my opinion. I realize what she was doing (selling drugs) is generally viewed to be negative by society, but frankly I don't see much difference than the dispensaries that are popping up across the country.

It is so ridiculous easy to get a medical ID for weed in California that basically anyone can legally smoke pot there now. Dispensaries are now in Illinois (Chicago specifically) and also in Michigan.

Yes she was perhaps breaking the law, but I don't really see why anyone cares, as long as kids don't have access to the drugs. But I guess that's just the libertarian in me. :) I don't do drugs myself but I think as long as you're not hurting others, we shouldn't have a say in how you live your life ESPECIALLY if religion is involved.

posted by upso on Mar 25, 2017 at 02:47:59 pm     #   4 people liked this

I'm with upso. So the lady was selling pot and magic mushrooms. So what? Notice that her shop was never the site of any kind of disturbance, such as loud music, prostitution, or drunken brawls at 2:00 AM. She pays her taxes and harms no one.

Let her alone.

posted by madjack on Mar 25, 2017 at 06:47:10 pm     #   2 people liked this

I'm planning a medical tourism trip to Colorado very soon :)

I guess I was more surprised by the potential family dynamics. If my parents operated a beloved store that served an important consumer niche in town, I would think twice, or possibly seven times, before opening a store right next to theirs and then selling illegal stuff. That was my only question -- I could have worded it better!

posted by viola on Mar 25, 2017 at 07:47:04 pm     #  

madjack posted at 07:47:10 PM on Mar 25, 2017:

I'm with upso. So the lady was selling pot and magic mushrooms. So what? Notice that her shop was never the site of any kind of disturbance, such as loud music, prostitution, or drunken brawls at 2:00 AM. She pays her taxes and harms no one.

Let her alone.

Ah, but therein lies the true issue. She was allegedly selling her "religious commodities" w/o all of the gum't authorities getting their tax cut(s). Gawd forbid!

posted by Foodie on Mar 26, 2017 at 04:59:11 am     #   1 person liked this

Interesting points. I think to viola's point, Charmaine was proud to claim the experience of the main Bassett health food business when describing or running her own. In fact, she starts her description of her professional career at age 12 or something. The "experience" of Bassetts is rolled into the experience of Anyana Kai, or whatever it is. So, whether weed and peyote is good or bad, there is significant linkage between the two businesses as far as family dynamics.

Whether her various arrests over the years were also related to the exercise of faith, I do not know. I do like the idea of offering weed and a salon at the same place. When you look mahvelous, you do feel mahvelous.

My favorite self-help Bassett is still Lucinda.

posted by justread on Mar 26, 2017 at 05:09:36 am     #  

In my reading over time on subjects of theology, philosophy, comparative religions cannot conclude that mind altering substances are pleasing to a Diety. Many cultures have incorporated experience expanding materials as a means toward closer, greater understanding. An artificial ingredient might feel like a correct pathway, but have to conclude that the primary pursuit needs to be do no ham to yourself and then carry that forward to those around you. Bill Shakespeare said it best, "To thine own self be true."

posted by Mariner on Mar 26, 2017 at 08:31:16 am     #  

*harm not ham but then again maybe it should read as is.

posted by Mariner on Mar 26, 2017 at 08:33:08 am     #