MERCED, Calif. — A Merced City Council candidate has been accused of 17 criminal charges including possession of more than one pound of marijuana for sale and tax code violations in connection to a medical marijuana dispensary.

The Merced Sun-Star reports ( that Lakisha Jenkins was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant in Stanislaus County just hours after taking part in a candidates forum.

Jenkins formerly operated a medical marijuana dispensary in the Stanislaus County community of Oakdale. The operation was shut down when deputies found more than the allowed 60 marijuana plants at the operation when they arrived to serve an eviction notice.

Jenkins was being held Tuesday with bond set at $50,000.

Information from: Merced Sun-Star,