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Governor, elected officials accused of abusing power

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Strong allegations have been made against Gov. Jan Brewer, the Phoenix Police Department and other elected officials, who may have played a role in the raid of a medical marijuana club.

The 2811 Club in Phoenix was raided on Oct. 12, 2011.

Authorities seized cash, computers and high grade marijuana, telling CBS 5 News that the club had twisted the state's new medical marijuana law and was selling pot for profit.

Five months later, the club is fighting back by filing a $5 million notice of claim that accuses elected officials of abusing their authority.

Allan Sobol is the developer and promoter of Club 2811 and the man behind the potential lawsuit.

"What we're talking about here is defending our constitution," said Sobol. "We have laws in this country that prevent the very type of tyranny we're being faced with right now. We have every intention of holding our public officials accountable for the abuses they perpetrated against us."

Sobol said that his club was targeted because of his vocal opposition to the governor and Arizona attorney general,  who appeared to be doing everything they could to prevent the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act from taking effect.

"Everything we've done is fully compliant with the law," said Sobol. "This was just a vindictive and selective enforcement attack on us. There are clubs all around the city of Phoenix that right now, are operating illegally."

CBS 5 News news spotted a number of ads in local newspapers promoting medical marijuana to patients with state-approved ID cards, even though no legal dispensary licenses have been issued.

According to the court paperwork, Club 2811 is the only medical marijuana business that's been raided.

"This is not about marijuana," Sobol said. "This is about government abuse."

A representative for the governor, attorney general and county attorney told CBS 5 News that they had not yet received the notice of claim yet, and therefore, could not comment on the case.

The plaintiffs have 60 days to respond to the complaint, settle the case or prepare for a lawsuit.

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