Raids Target San Diego Medical Marijuana Shops

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Raids target San Diego medical marijuana shops

    SAN DIEGO—Law enforcement teams from several agencies have raided medical marijuana dispensaries across San Diego.
    San Diego police officials say personnel from federal, state and local departments served warrants at an undisclosed number of storefronts across the county, targeting dispensaries in beach communities.
    A police spokeswoman did not disclose the reason for the raids or whether there were any arrests.
    Officials with the district attorney's office and the Drug Enforcement Administration say they will provide more details at a press conference Thursday.
    Americans for Safe Access, a medicinal cannabis advocacy group, decried the raids.
    On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted to form a citizen's task force that will seek to clarify local laws governing the use of medical marijuana.

    The Associated Press

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Medical Marijuana Raids in San Diego

    San Diego, CA -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nationwide patients' rights advocacy organization, received reports today of several medical marijuana raids in the San Diego area by federal and local law enforcement. Today's raids by the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the San Diego Sheriff's Department, with the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), occurred only a day after the San Diego City Council voted 6-1 to implement a medical marijuana task force to help the city draft local laws.

    "Not only does the federal government have no place helping to enforce state and local medical marijuana laws," said ASA California Director Don Duncan. "Local officials must regulate medical marijuana and enforce those laws with civil actions, not with the barrel of a gun." According to local media, the raids were part of an ongoing investigation involving San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a notorious opponent of medical marijuana. "It is incumbent on District Attorney Dumanis to help pass local regulations in San Diego not to aggressively undermine safe access to medical marijuana," continued Duncan.

    Law enforcement was reported handcuffing and detaining several people on the scene of more than a half dozen raids. In typical fashion for such raids, medical marijuana, cash and other property has been seized. No violations have been alleged at this time. For years, safe access to medical marijuana in San Diego has been resisted by local officials, repeatedly calling on the federal government to conduct raids. In 2007 and 2008, continued federal and local raids forced the closure of more than 20 medical marijuana dispensing collectives. However, after the California Attorney General issued medical marijuana guidelines in August 2008, recognizing the legality of dispensing collectives, medical marijuana providers began operating again in San Diego.

    Two weeks ago, the California Senate voted 23-15 on a resolution urging the federal government to end medical marijuana raids and to "create a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and legal access to any patient that would benefit from it." Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 14, introduced in June by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) seeks to keep local enforcement in the hands of local officials and calls on Congress and the President to move forward with a new federal policy on medical marijuana.

    Despite a presidential campaign promise made by Barack Obama, that he will not "be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws," federal raids have continued under his Administration. "It's of utmost importance that the Obama Administration give deference to local officials to implement local and state medical marijuana laws," continued Duncan.

    Further information:
    Senate Joint Resolution on medical marijuana:
    ASA fact sheet on SJR 14:

    By Americans for Safe Access , Medical Marijuana Therapeutics/Research
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Medical Marijuana Raids, But No Answers Yet

    More than a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries were raided in a chaotic scene Wednesday. Authorities scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference today to announce the results of an undercover operation -- but would give no further details on the raids until then.
    “Help me, help me, I am being arrested,” one man said as he was handcuffed in his wheelchair at Hillcrest Compassion Care.
    One-by-one employees of the medical marijuana dispensary were arrested.
    “Help me up, I need help. My leg is busted, I need help,” another man said as he was arrested.
    At least four people were taken into custody, according to volunteers.
    “The police came in and raided us and told us to get our hands up, pushed us against the wall, started handcuffing people. All they said was that they had a search warrant, but they didn't tell us what is was for,” Sara Sanders said.
    There were more arrests at another raid in Pacific Beach at 929A on Turquoise Street and boxes of evidence were confiscated.
    At the same time, law enforcement stormed Nature's in Linda Vista. Witnesses said that officers had guns drawn and bashed the door in.
    "They put me against the wall, and did a search. I ended up cuffed before they even checked my bag and I am a med patient with a legal card. So, I felt like I was harassed by being cuffed," medical marijuana patient Stacey Gant said.
    Volunteers say the raids are unnecessary and that they are abiding by the law.
    “We have a lot of patients that are ailing and they need medicine and that’s what we are here for, doing this, doing the right thing by what the voters of San Diego, California decided on,” marijuana dispensary volunteer Booker Sanders Jr. said.


    Video added to archives: SD medical MJ news coverage
  3. chillinwill
    DEA Assists Medical Marijuana Raids in San Diego

    California NORML reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration participated in raids this week on 14 medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County and that two of the 31 people arrested will face federal charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. But the raids stemmed from a "four-month undercover investigation" by the San Diego District Attorney's Office, which claims the dispensaries were not complying with state law. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says they were "nothing more than for-profit storefront drug dealing operations run by drug dealers hiding behind the state's medical marijuana law." If so, the DEA's participation would be consistent with Attorney General Eric Holder's avowed policy of targeting medical marijuana providers only when they violate state as well as federal law. Under California law as interpreted by the state Supreme Court, dispensaries are legal only if they are collectives operated by patients authorized to use marijuana as a medicine. If any of the dispensaries were instead for-profit businesses operated by entrepreneurs, they would be illegal—even if customers designated the owners as their "primary caregivers," a strategy the California Supreme Court has rejected.

    San Diego authorities are notoriously hostile toward medical marijuana, so they can be expected to deny the legitimacy of a putative cooperative when there is any room for interpretation. In such cases, the DEA remains eager to help. But if Holder's new policy means anything, it means that legitimate cooperatives in more congenial jurisdictions (such as San Francisco) should not have to worry about federal harassment anymore.

    Jacob Sullum
    September 11, 2009
  4. Bajeda
    14 pot dispensaries in county shuttered

    Dozens arrested in probe of suspected illegal storefronts

    By Angelica Martinez
    San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. September 11, 2009

    SAN DIEGO — More than two dozen people operating marijuana dispensaries were arrested in countywide raids that also shut down 14 storefronts, authorities said yesterday.

    District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said the search warrants served at dispensaries and some homes Wednesday “has nothing to do with legitimate medical marijuana patients or their caregivers.”

    She said the 14 storefronts targeted were “so-called medical marijuana businesses that appear to be run by drug dealers.” One of the businesses, she said, netted $700,000 profit in six months.

    According to the state's medical marijuana laws and the Attorney General's guidelines, it is illegal to profit from the sale or distribution of marijuana.

    The user has to have a recommendation for medical marijuana by a physician. That person, and/or his or her caregiver, have to be verified members of a collective or cooperative in order to be compliant with medical marijuana laws.

    Officials declined to give details about the backgrounds of those arrested, but San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said some of those in custody have prior drug arrests.

    Authorities said they are still tallying the amount of marijuana and money seized in the operation. At least $70,000 in cash and six guns were seized.
    Lansdowne said Wednesday's search and seizures culminated a five-month investigation that started with residents' complaints of noise, vandalism and other crimes associated with the dispensaries.

    “There are now 60 storefronts operating and doing this under the guise of helping people who are sick,” Dumanis said.

    Some medical marijuana advocates lashed out at law enforcement's handling of the raids.

    “SWAT-style tactics are just not called for,” said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, based in Los Angeles.
    Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access based in Oakland, urged for regulations to be enacted for the safe access to medical marijuana.

    Dumanis said patients or their designated caregivers who are lawfully recommended by a physician can always cultivate plants on their property for their use.

    Deputy District Attorney Steve Walter said 23 people were arrested in San Diego and eight people were arrested in North County. Two men arrested face federal charges.
  5. DrugCritics
    The DEA doesn't knows what to do when they can't make their numbers. The easiest thing for them to do is raid dispensaries. Too bad there are real criminals out there getting away with real crimes while the DEA is busting up medical marijuana suppliers.
  6. Bajeda
    I don't know how you reached that conclusion, especially if you actually read the articles provided in this thread.

    These raids were initiated and carried out primarily by local judicial and law enforcement officials, with DEA in a support capacity.
  7. Terrapinzflyer
    San Diego Marijuana Crackdown

    We searched for some clarity in city of San Diego marijuana policy in our report Wednesday. San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne was clear yesterday.

    He said he hasn't found any legal marijuana distribution outlet in the city.

    "We have not found one yet in San Diego that has been operating within guidelines of the attorney general," Lansdowne said.

    Lansdowne spoke at a press conference Thursday morning announcing the arrest of 31 people after city, county and federal agents raided 14 marijuana outfits -- 11 in the city of San Diego -- Wednesday. The raids followed a four-month undercover investigation predicated on state attorney general guidelines issued last year and referenced by Lansdowne.

    The guidelines, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said, are clear: No for-profit enterprises. Only state-registered nonprofit collectives or cooperatives that cultivate their own marijuana for their own use. Members of collectives must be vetted. They can't just walk in with a physician's recommendation off the street and buy medical marijuana, as undercover police officers did. "Primary caregivers," defined in the law as those that act consistently in the health, housing and safety of their patients, are the only ones other than patients that can cultivate marijuana. Store owners don't fit that bill.

    (As an aside, the guidelines state primary caregivers can receive compensation for their services, but only so far as it's required to perform their duties. On this point, I should have been clearer in my story Wednesday. I said caregivers could "profit" and a better way to put it is the above description.)

    A legal medical marijuana outlet in the city of San Diego can operate out of a storefront, Dumanis said, but it must abide by the attorney general guidelines. That means appropriate incorporation documents and tax and business licenses, cultivation from within the organization, a verified collective or cooperative membership structure and, most importantly, no profit from the sale of marijuana. This interpretation, of course, assumes the city eventually adopts medical marijuana zoning rules.

    "Like most San Diegans, I have always supported the legitimate and legal use of medical marijuana," Dumanis said. "But let me also be clear. Our investigation to date shows these so-called businesses are not legal. They appear to be run by drug dealers who see an opening in the market and a way to make a fast buck."

    The marijuana investigation is continuing, officials said Thursday. So the other 39 or 189 medical marijuana operators in the city, depending on what estimate you're using, aren't off the hook yet. Lansdowne estimated there were 40 to 50 marijuana outlets in San Diego.

    As I see it, there are four separate issues of administrative or legal regulation that affect medical marijuana operators in San Diego.

    Zoning. This issue addresses questions like: Where can medical marijuana outlets operate? Do they require security services? Are there any restrictions on hours of operation? A newly formed city of San Diego task force on medical marijuana is supposed to find an answer.

    Business/Tax. Operators need city business tax certificates even if they're nonprofit and selling medical marijuana within properly constituted collectives. The state Board of Equalization has ruled that medical marijuana operators must pay taxes on their sales. Also, collectives and cooperatives need to have the appropriate articles of incorporation.

    Legal. These are addressed in the attorney general guidelines .

    Supply. Collectives can grow their own marijuana legally and distribute it to their members legally. But here's a big chicken-or-the-egg problem. How can the original source of marijuana, or a marijuana seed, be obtained legally?

    I asked Dumanis about supply after the press conference.
    "I think you point out a very good problem," she said. "There's no place that I know of where you can buy seeds. We start out on the wrong foot."

    An interesting aside on this issue comes from a reader, who passed along a story about the city of Sebastopol considering regulation of medical marijuana nurseries.

    The question I have after yesterday's press conference is can anyone in the city San Diego obtain and use medical marijuana by entirely legal means?

    The city is on record that all places where medical marijuana is sold are not in compliance with current zoning regulations. The police chief hasn't found one distributor of medical marijuana that complies with the department's interpretation of state attorney general guidelines. At its most extreme, those who have received a valid physician's recommendation can't smoke legal marijuana in their own homes because of the supply problem.

    I asked Dumanis if there needs to be more regulation or clarification to help people understand the implementation of medical marijuana policy in the state. Here's her reply:

    Yes. There needs to be better regulation by some agency or proper authorities to determine that. To go through, do you have articles of incorporation? Do you have a business license? Are you paying taxes, whatever IRS requires whatever board of equalization requires? Do you have a membership group? Have you verified their membership? If you read (the state attorney general) guidelines, they are very clear.

    Dumanis emphasized that law enforcement has to enforce the laws as written. She'll change her tactics if the law changes. Does that mean that absent better or different regulation or laws, we'll keep seeing raids in San Diego?

    "That may be what's required," she said.


    Published: Friday, September 11, 2009 12:44 PM PDT
  8. Terrapinzflyer
    REGION: Medical pot advocates call raids heavy-handed


    Wednesday's raids on medical pot dispensaries across San Diego County could have been avoided if law enforcement had been willing to give the shops some guidance on following the law, advocates for medical marijuana said Friday.
    "The truth is that carrying out these raids doesn't help medical marijuana patients. It only spreads fear and intimidation and there's no need for it," said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans of Safe Access, an Oakland-based medical marijuana advocacy group.
    "Rather than take a proactive stance, they've taken a reactive one," added Patrick Dudley, a San Diego defense attorney who specializes in representing medical marijuana patients and proprietors.
    Authorities shut down 14 dispensaries during the raids and arrested more than 30 people from Vista to San Marcos to San Diego.
    They said their 5-month probe was spurred by neighbors' complaints about noise and vandalism generated by the clubs.
    San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said Thursday that the dispensaries acted as for-profit businesses and sold to customers who were not members of their cooperatives, both of which are violations of state law.
    Asked Friday what measures law enforcement took to bring the dispensaries into compliance with the law prior to the raids, district attorney spokesman Paul Levikow said he didn't think any meetings between the two sides took place.
    "I don't think that (law enforcement) sat down and said: 'This is how you sell dope.' I don't think that conversation was had," Levikow said.
    "It's the storefront owner's responsibility to be in compliance with the law," he added.
    A few future conversations between the two sides might go a long way, said Alex Kreit, assistant professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
    He said the San Diego City Council's recent decision to create a task force to study and create pot dispensary rules is an opportunity for law enforcement to take a different approach.
    "I think if the DA's office were to work with that task force to create some regulations, that would be a far more effective and humane way of dealing with this," Kreit said.
    Eight of Wednesday's arrests were made at clubs in Vista and San Marcos, officials said.
    They said decisions on whether to charge the arrestees were still being made.
    One person arrested Wednesday was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of possession of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana, Levikow said.
    He added that the remaining suspects had posted bail, extending the time the district attorney's office has to charge them with a crime.
    He estimated that most of the arrestees would be charged in about a week.
    Federal charges have been filed against James Dean Stacy, operator and founder of the Vista dispensary Movement in Action.
    Stacy pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of illegal marijuana sales, said Erick Guzman, his federal public defender.
    He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
    Stacy was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, in lieu of $40,000 bail. Jail records showed that he had not posted bail by Friday afternoon.
    The San Diego County district attorney's office on Friday released the names of 33 people arrested during Wednesday's raids, but did not provide their ages, residences or the charges against them.
    They are: Veronica Barbosa, Chun Simmons Barry, James Arlando Bess, Kevin Curtis Cawley, Ronnie Chang, Paul Derrick Cody, Ryan Joseph Coff, Jon Asher Corbisez, Wilber Jay Dawson, Mark Leonard Garcia, Joseph James Grady, Sean Patrick Grady, John Hill, Gregory Immerso, Jordan Blake Jarvis, Christopher David Jensen, Michael Joseph Macias, Raul Adrian Maestre, Sebastian Maselli, Robert John Merten, Virgil Leon Murphy, James Gabriel Novella, Michael Joseph Partridge, Aaron James Ralstin, Ashley Nicole Ridge, Daniel Simental, Tony Lamar Travis, Frank Paul Vawter Sr., Frank Paul Vawter II, Patricia Lee Walker, Jacob Abram Waller, Derek Williams and Myron Lawrence Wynn.

    CHRIS NICHOLS - [email protected] | Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 7:35 pm
  9. CoryInJapan
    I like how they say some of the people in custody have pior drug charges..

    What???? For marijuana possession?
  10. Terrapinzflyer
    The 2009 911 Reign of Terror

    Reports continue to come in of federal raids of medical marijuana dispensaries up and down the West Coast.
    San Diego has been hardest hit. In the midst of the trial of the Operation Green RX defendents, on the heels of the decision by City Council to create yet another task force on medical marijuana, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis went on a rampage.
    In San Diego 14 dispensaries were robbed and vandalized and 31 people kidnapped, tortured, and held for ransom. The terrorists, led by San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, claim they stole $70,000, 6 guns, and an undisclosed quantity of marijuana. In justification of the robberies, Dumanis states that a single dispensary showed sales of $700,000 in the 6 months they've been open.
    This is nothing but reefer-madness and yellow journalism of the worst sort. The typical medical marijuana patient uses an ounce or more a month. Seriously ill patients use far more. The 4 remaining Investigational New Drug patients receive either 8 or 9 ounces a month from the federal government. At $500 an ounce, there is nothing unusual about sales (not profits, sales) of $700,000 in 6 months. One ounce a month at $500 per ounce works out to 233 patients. At $300 per ounce, it works out to 388 patients.
    Steve DeAngelo of Harborside in Oakland told Fortune 500 that the typical California dispensary has revenue of $3 million to $4 million annually. With the mounting evidence of the dangers of pharmaceuticals, including permanent injury and death, and the efficacy and safety of cannabis, it stands to reason that health-conscious Americans will be turning to medical marijuana in droves.
    Slate Magazine reported on 10 Sep 09:
    According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 6 percent of all adults between the ages of 50 and 59 reported smoking marijuana in the past year. That's up from about 3 percent five years earlier. Meanwhile, the number of recent users over the age of 50 has climbed to 2.65 million people nationwide (and we can assume the real prevalence is somewhat higher, since these figures are based on self-reported drug use).
    San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis stated on 9 Sep 09 "This investigation has nothing to do with legitimate medical marijuana patients or their caregivers". The person screaming in the wheelchair in the video above is Paul Derrick Cody, quoted on 28 Jul 09 by KPBS as proprietor of "one of the more established" dispensaries in San Diego.
    Los Angeles has come to resemble Chicago during The Roaring Twenties as The City of Angels holds hearings to shut down over 600 dispensaries, a score or so at a time, and raids the hold-outs. On 9 Aug 09, 11 dispensaries were raided in West Hollywood. Three days later, two more dispensaries were raided, one in Culver City and another in West Los Angeles.
    Alarmingly, The Associated Press reports on 13 Aug 09:
    Authorities are not saying why they raided two medical marijuana clinics and arrested the operator at his Los Angeles home.
    ...Spokespeople for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles police, and the U.S. attorney say they don't know what Joseph was book on. County prosecutors released no details.
    And in Spokane, owners of a medical marijuana dispensary were arrested for the first time in the history of Washington State's medical marijuana law which was passed in 1998. Police are claiming the law allows a distributor or caregiver to supply only one patient. If they are successful it is likely most Washington State medical marijuana patients will be forced to the black market.
    The raid and prosecution of the owners of Change, which has served more than 1,000 patients in the five months it was open, appear to stem from the arrest in Oregon of one of the co-owners, Scott Q. Shupe, during a buying trip across state lines.
    It is abundantly clear at this point that United States Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration speak with forked tongue. What is interesting is how cleverly they minced words to deceive. They never exactly lied to us, they just didn't tell us the truth.
    It is now apparent that the California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown's guidelines have all the sincerity of the government's dealings with Native Americans. Instead of being a truce, it was a mandate to eliminate virtually every dispensary in the state.
    It appears the government thugs are using "large amounts of marijuana and money" to declare the businesses are for profit and to rob, arrest, prosecute, and destroy the proprietors and employees. It's almost as if the federal government is working overtime to protect pharmaceutical company profits and drum up business for "entrepreneurs" such as Bruce Perlowin of Medical Marijuana Inc.
    While the flagship offering of the latter is remittance of taxes it also touts a "stored value card" which promises to remove the need for cash transactions. Apparently, Medical Marijuana Inc. intends to bribe local officials to approve dispensaries through promises of donations to charity (specifically police and/or fire) from the profits they hope to realize from administering taxes on money the sick and dying pay for medicine. It's interesting to note that while Perlowin promises to donate 40% of either the revenues or profits to charity, no charity that had anything to do with medical marijuana was mentioned.
    Will the lure of revenue streams from taxes on medical marijuana dampen the enthusiasm of state and national elected officials for measures such as HR 2835 and AB 390?
    On 25 Aug 09 the California Senate passed a "joint resolution" calling for the federal government to cease and desist from its interference in California's medical marijuana program. On 11 Jul 09 Barney Frank introduced The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (HR 2835) in Congress.
    The latter would remove medical marijuana from the purview of The Controlled Substances Act and therefore the legal authority for the Drug Enforcement Administration or any other federal agency to arrest and prosecute medical marijuana patients and providers.
    More importantly, it would reclassify marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as they do pharmaceuticals, rather than "recommend" as they now do to avoid conflict with federal law. This rescheduling will also mean marijuana when prescribed by a physician will meet the legal definition of medicine.
    Meeting the legal definition of medicine will mean that medical marijuana will be exempt from taxes just as pharmaceuticals are. Moreover, that HUD will no longer be able to evict sick and dying medical marijuana patients dependent on public housing, and that local and federal social services will no longer be able to discriminate against medical marijuana patients because of zero tolerance clauses that are part of all government grants and contracts.
    On 23 Feb 09, Tom Ammiano introduced AB 390. This legislation exempts medical marijuana patients from its $50 per ounce tax on recreational marijuana. The estimate of $1.4 billion in tax revenue from the State Board of Equalization is not based on taxing medical marijuana patients.
    It is time for the terror to end. It is time to stop exploiting patients. HR 2835 is the way to do it.
    For more info:
    Guidelines for the security and non-diversion of marijuana grown for medical use
    - Edmund G. Brown, California Attorney General | Aug 2008

    San Diego
    Dispensaries raided for acting like for-profit businesses - San Diego City Beat | 9 Sep 09
    DA's Office Explains Marijuana Dispensary Raids - KGTV San Diego | 9 Sep 09
    Task force to study pot dispensary issues - The San Diego Union-Tribune | 9 Sep 09
    San Diego Faces a Medical Marijuana Industry - KPBS San Diego | 28 Jul 09
    Medical marijuana remains in legal limbo - The San Diego Union-Tribune | 6 Nov 06

    Los Angeles
    The city's crackdown on pot shops - The Los Angeles Daily News | 28 Aug 09
    3 arrested in medical marijuana raid - ABC 7 Los Angeles | 20 Aug 09
    Officials mum on why pot distributor was arrested - The Associated Press | 13 Aug 09
    Police raid 2 marijuana dispensaries, arrest owner - The San Jose Mercury News | 12 Aug 09
    Federal agents raid 11 medical marijuana clinics - Newsradio KNX 1070 Los Angeles | 9 Aug 09

    Marijuana bust exposes vague law - KXLY News | 12 Sep 09
    Medical pot supplier raided - The Spokesman-Review | 11 Sep 09
    Medical marijuana seller busted during buying trip - The Spokesman-Review | 26 Aug 09

    How marijuana became legal - Fortune | 11 Sep 09
    More Americans over age 50 are smoking than ever before - Slate Magazine | 10 Sep 09
    Niles housing agency's medical marijuana eviction suit refiled - The South Bend Tribune | 9 Sep 09
    Questions follow report of dismissal - The Niles Star | 4 Sep 09
    Why I don't buy Medical Marijuana Inc. - | 2 Sep 09
    Tax Prozac, not medical marijuana - | 20 Jul 09
    The San Francisco Cannabis Cultivators Club - | 11 Jul 09
    Dennis Peron on the 10th anniversary of Prop. 215 - by Ann Harrison | 6 Nov 08

    September 13, 3:01 PMSanta Cruz County Drug Policy ExaminerJ. Craig Canada


    A couple notes- the links did not transfer to this copy- please see the original article for numerous links.

    There are also 3 videos on the original article. I do not have time atm to upload them to the archive and link them here....
  11. Terrapinzflyer
    State guidelines for medical marijuana intended to benefit cops and patients

    In view of the recent headlines in San Diego County over raids conducted on "medical marijuana" dispensaries, it's useful to review the release of the official state guidelines on the subject.
    The legal guide was issued by the office of California Attorney General Jerry Brown on August 28, 2009. It's the first attempt by the state to clarify the voters' wishes more than a decade ago.
    Brown's guidelines appears to bolster the contention of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Such dispensaries, according to the state, "cannot be operated for profit, may not purchase marijuana from unlawful sources and must have a defined organizational structure that includes detailed records proving that users are legitimate patients."
    Prop. 215, passed in 1996, sought to exempt patients and their primary caregivers from arrest and prosecution for possessing and growing marijuana, but was fuzzy on some specifics. In 2004, the state Legislature passed the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMA), an effort to clarify the situation by establishing a statewide ID card, limiting the amounts each cardholder could keep and establishing rules for growing medicinal marijuana by collectives and cooperatives.
    ?According to Brown's office, law enforcement agencies were also seeking such guidelines, believing that individuals and cartels have expanded illegal cultivation and sales of marijuana under the guise of growing "medicine."
    In a statement accompanying the guidelines, patients are encouraged to participate in a Department of Public Health's registration program to obtain a medical marijuana ID card. The state attorney general's office says the ID card is one of the best ways to ensure that medical marijuana doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
    The state's chief prosecutor also advised collectives and cooperatives to keep files on their patients that contain "documented verification" of their status.
    If gray areas in the laws remain, it may be up to state voters and lawmakers to further clarify how marijuana as medicine is regulated.
    In order to facilitate discussion or comment on various elements of the state guidelines, they are presented here as individual pages that can be easily accessed in a web browser. You can download a PDF document of the guidelines here. (The Adobe Acrobat Reader is required) Some of the web pages here do not correspondent directly with the state AG's printed version in order to preserve certain sentences or paragraphs.

    September 15, 12:32 AMSan Diego Crime ExaminerSteve Perez
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