Protest at Montel Wellness (Abatin) in Sac Today at Noon

June 17, 2011 in Full of Shit, Lame Shit, Local Regulations

Please join a group of concerned vendors and citizens at 2900 U St. in Sac today for a demonstration calling on the organization to pay their debts and do right by the community. Montel may, or may not, have known about the terrible reputation his new partners have in the community for mismanagement of collective funds that have resulted in the default of hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to hard working folks, but he should have done his homework and cleared up these outstanding debts or found another group to partner with if he wanted to enter this market with no controversy. His decision to attempt to use his celebrity to gain a competitive advantage and his management group’s effort to put remodelling and renovating ahead of paying off the people the business owes is shameful. A peaceful protest will be held today, spearheaded by two senior citizens who are owed thousand of dollars, which they were depending on to supplement their fixed incomes. It is a shame that it has come to this, but when big money interests attempt to rewrite history and marginalize dozens of providers and workers in an effort to weasel out of paying what is owed by their organization, it is time for action. Love, compassion and freedom my ass. I hope to see you there.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Montel Williams medical cannabis dispensary owes tens of thousands of dollars to member providers and contractors and refuses to pay their past debts. A protest has been organized by outraged vendors, including two senior citizens who live on fixed incomes and have been greatly affected by their unwillingness to pay their bills.

(Patients and concerned citizens will gather in protest on Friday, June 17 at noon at Abatin Wellness (29th & U) to express their frustrations.)

By: Concerned citizens and hard-working people that Abatin Wellness (formerly Capitol Wellness) have defaulted payment to for goods and services provided. We will be joined by some who question the integrity of an organization that would spend tens of thousands of dollars on facility upgrades, when they owe hundreds of people in the community for their hard work, and have seemingly circumvented the Sacramento ordinance that regulates medical cannabis dispensaries.

  • On Monday, June 13th Montel Williams held a press conference declaring his leading role in the newly renovated and renamed Abatin Wellness Center, stating he would be “involved at every level of the cooperative, from the philosophical direction, down to the blueprints.” He apparently does not think that financials are included in “everything,” as his management group has failed to do the right thing.
  • Capitol Wellness Center (CWC) is Sacramento’s oldest remaining dispensary and over the past couple of years have mounted hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt due to mismanagement.
  • When the new partnership was formed with the “Abatin” group there has been an effort to intimidate and mislead people that are owed money by CWC, using bankruptcy laws and threats of disclosure to discourage people from demanding payment. These underhanded tactics have left many in the community questioning the validity and decency of the new “ownership.”
  • The City of Sacramento has laid out a clear ordinance regulating the operations and application process for dispensaries, and it seems this group is circumventing the process in several ways, including being closed for more than 30 days and transferring ownership through back door deals.

 

WHAT: A peaceful protest of Motel William’s and his new “partnership” at Abatin Wellness Center for their lack of integrity, honesty, transparency, and decency. An action to bring awareness to the unsavory business practice happening with the new “ownership” of Abatin, formerly Capitol Wellness Center. A demonstration to demand that the City look deeper into the apparent takeover of a once humble and independently operated dispensing collective by an apparent investment group associated with Mr. Williams, who now is paid a consulting fee for his endorsement of this dispensary; we question how they cannot afford to pay what is owed by the collective but they can afford to pay Montel Williams.

WHO: A group of patients, providers and contractors who are concerned about the business practices of Abatin Wellness Center and their inability to pay their debts to honest and hard-working people, including two senior citizens who live on fixed income and have been greatly affected by Capitol Wellness’ defaulting on what they are owed. People directly affected by the apparent take-over and failure to pay by a group associated with TV celebrity Montel Williams.  Other concerned citizens that question the legal ability of this group to circumvent local laws, and use a paid celebrity to gain competitive advantage.

WHERE:  Abatin Wellness Center (formerly CWC) – 2900 U St., Sacramento CA

WHEN:  Friday, June 17th at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

WHY: To confront the new “ownership” and question their reasoning for not assuming the debt of the corporation upon ownership transfer. Because patients, providers and those who are owed money by this organization deserve to be paid in full BEFORE hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on renovations, upgrades, and celebrity spokespeople. To bring awareness to a situation that has been handled poorly by the new management group, including attorney Gary Hiller. To let the community know that this group is not worthy of their income and collective resources, as they have defaulted on paying hundreds of hard working people in an already tough economy and to encourage them to go elsewhere in Sacramento for their medical cannabis services.

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THIS IS DISGUSTING! Seattle cops raid patients over 2 plants.

October 28, 2010 in Legalization, Local Regulations, Miscellaneous

CW: This story is the epitome of what is wrong with the war on cannabis users…Another person who is owed a big fucking apology. Another person a law like Prop. 19 could have helped. This is the stupid probable cause drug war mentality bullshit that we are looking to end. Save money. Save time. Save some plants. And knock off the macho door buster shit over cannabis. Fucking idiots!

From Toke of the Town:

Machine-Gun Toting Cops Raid Legal Pot Patient For Two Plants

By Steve Elliott

Seattle Police officers brandishing submachine guns broke down the door of a 50-year-old medical marijuana patient Monday night and pushed him face down to the floor. His offense? He waslegally growing two tiny cannabis plants.

Will Laudanski, a military veteran who was an Airborne Ranger in Desert Shield, wasn’t even breaking the law. As an authorized medical marijuana patient in the state of Washington, he’s allowed to grow up to 15 plants and possess 24 ounces of cannabis.

But Seattle Police have shown they are willing to treat the smallest of pot cases — even in cases where the marijuana is legal — as if they were raiding the biggest crack house or meth lab in town.

Just before 9 p.m. Monday officers at SPD’s East Precinct held a briefing about a complaint of marijuana at a four-unit apartment building in the Leschi neighborhood, reports Dominic Holden at The Stranger.

A week earlier, officers had applied for a search warrant from King County Superior Court, sent an officer with a drug dog to sniff at the door, “confirmed the scent of marijuana,” and started planning their big SWAT style drug raid.

​A gung-ho SWAT team of officers decked out in all their Rambo-esque raid equipment — between six and nine officers — ran up the stairs, some carrying MP5 submachine guns, and one guy with a battering ram. They pounded on Laudanski’s door and said it was the police.

“I was tying my robe,” said Laudanski, who had just stepped out of the bathroom. “I said ‘I am opening the door,’ but before I could get my hand to the door, they busted it open and then rushed me.”

Laudanski told The Stranger his door now “has cracks running right down the middle. I can’t really bolt it.”

“During the entry to this apartment, the locking mechanism to the front door was possibly damaged,” the official incident report drily notes.

“I was trying to comply,” Laudanski said. “Then they pushed me down to the ground and just basically got me positioned in a corner of the kitchen with my face on the floor.”

As officers began to tear up the place while he was face down on the floor, Laudanski told them he was an authorized medical marijuana patient and directed them to his paperwork in the other room. ”Do you want to see it?” he asked the officers.

Laudanski “had paperwork in the room declaring his marijuana grow was for medical purposes,” the police report acknowledged.

As officers ransacked the apartment, they discovered two small marijuana plants in the bedroom, each growing in pots.

“They were able to see the full extent of my pathetic grow,” Laudanski said. “There were four little nuggets of bud the size of your pinkie on one and five on the other. They’re about 12 inches high.”

Police didn’t take the plants.

“Clearly, in this case, there was no law violation that was discovered,” admitted Seattle Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb.

But Whitcomb adds, “Our mission is to enforce the law. We do that by gathering information of any evidence of any criminal violation. And I’d go on to say that had the officers known that, they would have spent their tune diubg something else. However, unfortunately, we don’t always have that luxury.”

But officers do have the luxury of speaking the English language, don’t they? Couldn’t they have, like, knocked on the goddamned door and asked about the marijuana, especially given the fact that Washington is a medical marijuana state?

Well, it turns out that “knock-and-talks” aren’t the protocol for “drug cases” — even small pot cases, Whitcomb said.

Well, heaven forbid you should go against your fucked-up protocol just because medical marijuana is legal, officer! By all means, feel free to break down doors, rough up sick people, and trash their homes! No need to make sure they’re breaking the law first; that would violate protocol!

Laudanski said he hasn’t done anything to attract the cops’ attention. And he doesn’t know why so much force was necessary.

“I came from a perspective that was pro-police,” said Laudanski, who worked in New York as a paramedic. “But I still think this was very, very wrong what they did. I feel that higher-up people who ordered this, they are wasting our time and our money and they are putting innocent people in danger.”

Source: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2010/10/machine-gun_toting_cops_raid_legal_pot_patient_for.php

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The Writing on the Wall: Article shows community intolerance brewing

October 17, 2010 in Legalization, Local Regulations, Miscellaneous

CW: Here is an article with all of the makings of a real backlash. The proponents of the “all use is medical” mantra should be put on notice. Your rhetoric is dangerous and when spelled out in the press makes our movement look silly. It is imperative we pass prop. 19 to begin to end this charade and put legal adult use cannabis on the map. What is happening is that it is becoming more and more difficult to convince people that the current situation truly is medical. It is unclear how long we can keep up this situation, as it is obvious some opponents feel that the current situation leaves too much gray area and there are constant calls to bring an end to the chaos on both sides.

Patients feel like they are backed into a situation that waters down their true medical need, as the current situation requires many to push the envelope of medical need in order to remain legal. There is nothing wrong with fudging ones need to a doctor if it means staying out of a cold jail cell for your choice to use cannabis. The following article makes it too clear that the controversy continues to brew. Generally these controversies are eventually cleared up, as public officials and law makers are sure to find a way to clamp down on the perceived abuses. The problem is that a tightening of the situation may make for an uncomfortable playing field for most. Generally a call for stricter regulation and control ends in officials overstepping their bounds and the development of an unworkable situation as a result of regulation that does not reflect reality, yet is put in place to quell the outrage rather than serve the patients in need.

Believing that the “all use is medical” situation will last forever is simply naive.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR THE MASSES

By John Woolfolk and Sean Webby

Mercury News

In the year since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced federal drug agents would stop targeting medicinal marijuana use where state law sanctioned it, Santa Clara County — like other parts of California — has become the Wild West.

But suddenly, the sheriff has ridden into town.

California, the first of 14 states that now allow medical marijuana, has one of the loosest laws of its kind. It doesn’t limit conditions that qualify patients, nor does it require them to register with the state. It gives doctors wide latitude in approving the drug’s use. And it doesn’t specify how marijuana should be distributed to users.

CW: That is key..Doesn’t specify SAFE ACCESS or access at all for that matter.

Even though state voters next month will decide whether pot should be legalized for recreational use, activists like Denis Peron — co-author of the 1996 ballot measure that sanctioned medical marijuana — freely acknowledge the secret that’s sparked an explosion of distributors and left officials scrambling statewide:

“Pretty much,” Peron said, “marijuana is legal already.”

CW: C’mon Dennis. That is a fallacy, at best. As long as ANYONE has to worry about having their personal space rifled through by law enforcement because of the way we smell CANNABIS IS NOT REALLY LEGAL. Sorry. You should know that though. You know prop 215 made nothing lawful, yet exempted medical users from prosecution. Just because you say “cannabis is legal” does not make it so. And it is that assertion that has many up in arms…

But while that may be true for anyone who takes the trouble to get a doctor’s recommendation, the situation is not as clear for medical pot providers. In the past three weeks, Santa Clara County law enforcement has sprung into action, shutting down two dispensaries and a pot-delivery service. And while at first they raided operators who didn’t follow basic guidelines demanding a doctor’s recommendation, their latest target was one of the county’s largest and appeared to comply with all the rules.

CW: I wonder if the folks at Angel’s Care and the 22 delivery services that were part of the “sting” think that the current system is working fine?

The reason? Authorities believed the operators had crossed the line from nonprofit collective to cash cow.

“These guys are making truckloads of money,” said Bob Cooke, the South Bay’s special agent in charge of the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. He said many of the patrons at the dispensaries looked “like the healthiest people in the world.”

CW: And herein lies the problem. While I am the first to support the fact that law enforcement has no right to play doctor and decide who looks healthy or not, it is apparent that there is an abuse in the system. From the multitudes of $60 doctor services that blanket the landscape these days, to the numerous ailing 23-year-olds that seem to be prevalent in the medical cannabis community, at some point we must address the 500-pound gorilla in the room. By passing 19 and making a way for adults to be “legal” without stretching their need to a Doctor will be sure to legitimize the real medical needs of true patients. I am not saying that it is wrong to want to be legal. I am saying it is unnecessary and that you are a fool if you think this will last forever.

Even before the raids, San Jose code enforcement efforts to shut down the most troublesome pot clubs prompted lawsuit threats from club operators who say officials are misinterpreting– or willfully ignoring — state law. Peron insists that under Proposition 215, “All use of marijuana is medicine.”

CW: “All use of marijuana is medicine…” Do you even hear what that sounds like when it comes out of your mouth? It is non-sensical. So the kid who is ripping a fat 6 foot bong rip in his college dorm with his buddies tonight is medical? The person who does not feel like they are sick or in need of medicine, but just likes to smoke, they are medical whether they like it or not? A person who fires up a doobie every once in a while at the weekend BBQ has to be a patient because you said there use is medical no matter what they think? That is an absurd assumption. Even all use of FDA approved medicines is not all medical, so let’s stop the semantics and get to business. All use is NOT medical and people who are not patients should be able to enjoy cannabis without having to get a doctor to write them permission to do so.

Cooke calls the tangle of regulations and court cases that dictate medicinal marijuana use in California “a mess.”

CW: I agree agent Cooke…it is a mess. So vote YES on 19 to help clean up the mess and to begin making sensible regulation to serve both the medical and enjoyable users in the community. What is apparent is that cannabis use is not going anywhere. Do we want to keep fudging the facts or do we want to make the next logical step in legitimizing ALL use..not just medical?

“It’s a hard time for everybody trying to figure out what is legal and what is illegal,” he said. “These days, everybody has a marijuana card, they treat it like it’s a joke. Unfortunately, it is a joke. If the law was written easier, it would be easier for us to enforce.”

CW: This is not just the opinion of law enforcers gone awry. I frequent many local non-cannabis blogs and there is a large contingencies of concerned citizens that feel the current system is out of control and “a joke” as Cook asserts. Many people know a person who admittedly is not ill, but has a doctor’s rec to make themselves legal. Once again, not saying it is wrong to fudge it to stay out of jail, but that the current system is failing us in the hearts and minds of the greater community. As a real patient, it is hard to justify “the joke” much longer…

Nearly Anything Goes

For years after the passage of Proposition 215, U.S. officials continued to enforce overriding federal law, under which pot remains illegal. Even in tolerant towns like Santa Cruz that welcomed medical marijuana, those who openly invoked the state’s law faced ruinous legal battles.

But Holder’s announcement last fall emboldened sellers and users to test the limits of what California’s law might allow — which appears to be just about anything.

CW: This is the dangerous perception that is not based in reality, but assumption, that is putting many in harm’s way. Bill Panzer likens it to everyone speeding on the highway and only a few getting tickets. The phenomena we see is everyone drives a little faster than the next guy and the nest and the next. Soon enough everyone assumes it is okay to drive 100 miles an hour because everyone else is, but then they get nabbed for criminal speeding and lose their license. It is a dangerous situation that has been brewing for years based on many municipalities failures to address the hot button topic appropriately. San Jose is one of the biggest battles brewing in an unregulated market.

“California may be the loosest,” said Keith Humphreys, a psychiatry professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and former White House adviser on drug control policy. “If it’s not de facto legalization, then it’s getting pretty close.

CW: Well someone should tell the cops that because it seems every other day there is another misunderstanding and someone’s door is getting kicked in…

The ease of obtaining pot from a storefront has attracted a growing number of people like Hillary Breslove, an admitted “recreational user” who calls herself a “high-functioning stoner.”

CW: No lady. you are a patient. Like it or not.

With a doctor’s nod, the 45-year-old Mountain View caterer smokes pot for everyday bothers like stress that others might ease with an aspirin. “I was tired of buying it out of the back of someone’s pocket,” she said.

In San Jose, Holder’s move inspired Dave Hodges last year to open the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective — among the first of what are now dozens of dispensaries. After stints as a tech-support specialist at Santa Clara High School and a Silicon Valley PR firm, he says he became a medical cannabis patient to manage job stress. His pot collective now has more than 3,600 patients.

Medical pot shops remain technically illegal in San Jose, where zoning codes don’t explicitly permit them. The city is considering zoning to allow a limited number and is asking voters to approve Measure U on the Nov. 2 ballot, which would authorize a tax up to 10 percent on marijuana businesses, legal or illegal.

CW: Over 60 collectives operating “illegally.” I can’t wait to see how this train wreck turns out. Everyone rushed into set up shop in the unregulated market, but will it pan out? Will they be allowed to stay? We shall see.

Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz already limit dispensaries. Some Santa Clara County cities have tried to ban them. While San Jose has dawdled on developing rules, the outlets have flourished. The city, which a little more than a year ago had not a single dispensary operating in the open, now has at least 60 that have paid city business taxes. Online directories suggest at least a dozen others are in operation.

Clinics advertise marijuana approvals for insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, even substance abuse. With a valid state ID and about $50, a physician’s approval can be had with no appointment, “20 minutes in and out.” Users can then take the approval straight to a dispensary.

San Jose officials say they’re waiting to complete work on medical marijuana zoning and regulations until they see what happens with statewide Proposition 19 on the November ballot.

CW: Vote yes. Anything less is just ignorant and short-sighted. see the writing on the wall. Your medical use is under scrutiny, and if CA rejects cannabis you can be sure officials will take that as a mandate to restrict access, not expand it.

Proposition 19 would legalize adult recreational pot smoking without the pretense of medical need, but California is lurching that way already. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposes the initiative, but he just signed a law reducing possession of small amounts without a doctor’s recommendation to a mere citation like a traffic ticket — hoping to counter Proposition 19 backers who argue the state wastes money and time prosecuting low-level drug crimes.

CW: So they can still search you when they want- can still take your cannabis- and can still get you for a $100. Fuck that shit. VOTE YES on 19…

Holder announced last week that the federal government will not look the other way if the state legalizes recreational pot.

CW: SO WHAT. Nobody asked for Holder’s opinion to do what is right…

How We Got Here

Even if Proposition 19 loses, it’s not likely to change the fact that the state’s current regulations already allow almost anyone to get marijuana. Among the reasons:

. California law doesn’t specify what qualifies a patient for marijuana. Proposition 215 lists ailments such as anorexia and AIDS but allows it for “any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.”

Maine’s law, by contrast, allows medical pot only for eight specific ailments, including cancer and AIDS, or “intractable pain.” And users are required to register with the state, unlike here.

In California, fewer than 13,000 marijuana patient ID cards were issued in the past year. Yet Lauren Vasquez, a lawyer and pot activist, says there are about 25,000 such patients just in the San Jose area.

. California law says “no physician in this state shall be punished “… for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.” While the Medical Board of California may suspend or revoke a doctor’s license for marijuana recommendations that violate professional standards, only a dozen physicians have been disciplined since the passage of Proposition 215. And most of them still practice and give out marijuana recommendations, such as Dr. Hanya Barth of San Francisco.

Barth, 65, said she looks to ensure marijuana use isn’t masking a serious condition. “You have to do that as a physician, just as you would if you were giving Vicodin.”

. California courts have yet to rule on whether the law even allows the marijuana dispensaries that sell pot to anyone with a doctor’s note. More than 150 communities around the state have banned dispensaries. But an appeals court weighing a challenge to such laws in Anaheim sent it back to a lower court this year without answering the key legal question.

CW: Hoping Anaheim goes well is no real strategy. Realize that if it goes the other way that we are fucked, really…

Maine’s law permits only eight state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

With California’s legal landscape unsettled, all manner of marijuana entrepreneurs are hanging shingles. San Jose’s pot clubs range from the spalike Harborside Health Center — nestled in a tree-lined corporate park and guarded by professional security — to the stoner stylings of Buddy’s Cannabis, which sits next to a car stereo joint on busy Stevens Creek Boulevard and is decorated with homemade, Bob Marley-inspired art.

There’s big money at stake. The state Board of Equalization estimates receipts of up to $105 million in sales taxes last year from medical marijuana sales. Total statewide sales are estimated to be as high as $1.3 billion.

Steve DeAngelo, Harborside’s executive director, laments that the free-for-all attracts shady competitors who may finally be triggering a backlash here from residents, cops and city officials.

CW: That is rich. Last time I checked most collectives were operating illegally in San Jose, in direct violation of the City’s order to ceased and desist operations. Just because your place is “spalike” does not make it legal. Sorry. I think the opening up in defiance and not asking permission to operate like most businesses in town do may also be “triggering a backlash.” Funny how people cast stones in the press when really they are part of the issue at hand. Way to try and separate your illegal operation from the illegal operations of the “riff-raff.” Spare me the holier-than-thou rhetoric.

Mayor Chuck Reed said he’s well aware many medical marijuana users aren’t what most people would consider “medically needy.” But, he said, the city is “trying to have some controls” amid shifting federal and state edicts.

In the face of all the legal loopholes, police in recent weeks have started going after the clubs on grounds that offer more clarity — such as violating the nonprofit requirement or delivering pot like Chinese takeout, which police and prosecutors say is only legal in certain circumstances.

CW: I wonder how long it is until the forensic accountants become the chic way to go after medical cannabis organizations. It is only a matter of time. I would love to know the “certain circumstances.” Maybe if we all were clear on that we could have less confusion….

Said Reed: “All the pot clubs, collectives, whatever they’re called, have to follow the law. That’s one of the principles for how we manage this chaos.”

CW: Following the law is easy when you are clear on what that is…..unfortunately NOBODY seems to be sure of what exactly that is and in turn, everyone is in danger. Please see the writing on the wall. VOTE YES on 19, so we can begin to move on from these accusations and so people can have a clear and unquestionable access to cannabis for medical or non-medical use if they like. The walls are closing in and complacency is not an option…

Article Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/elections/ci_16351357

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UNDER ATTACK! 3 More Collectives RAIDED in SD and SB.

October 15, 2010 in Legalization, Local Regulations, Miscellaneous

CW: Another disturbing raid happened yesterday in Santa Barbara and San Diego. this disturbing trend seems to be a blatant show of force in cracking down on medical cannabis dispensing collectives. In both recent raids, organizations that own multiple collectives were targeted and there has been a disheartening resurgence of the attack on cannabis foods , as pictured below. Those who oppose Prop. 19 will have you believe that the medical system is perfect and that there is no need to expand freedoms beyond medical use because the system is working so well. This failed insight never seems to realize the many people daily who are being raided and jailed for providing medicine because the current law really fail to protect anyone.

Attorney Bill Panzer has likened it to everyone speeding on the freeway and only a few being pulled over, but has warned that “most” collectives would probably be deemed illegal under current statutes. Well, it seems as if more people are being stopped on the medical cannabis highway these days, and we must advance freedoms by passing 19 to establish legal and regulated distribution points to remove people from the harm’s way created by unclear laws. Operating in the gray area has served some well, but as we see, it can also be used against providers and that is the danger of the current situation.

Three Arrests in Marijuana Raid
updated: Oct 14, 2010, 7:54 PM

Source: SBSO

A nearly year long investigation by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives has resulted in the arrest of three suspects following the raid of two marijuana dispensaries in South Santa Barbara County and a dispensary in San Diego.

Over the past year, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office has received numerous tips and complaints of drug trafficking and money laundering at the Helping Hands Wellness Center on the 4100 block of State Street and the Choice Pharmacy on the 6300 block of Lindmar Street in Goleta.

During their investigation, Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives discovered that both businesses were operating well beyond the guidelines of Proposition 215/Senate Bill 420. The investigation also led narcotics detectives to the Helping Hands Wellness Center on the 3500 block of Fifth Street in San Diego, Ca.

CW: Here in lies the problem. When Sheriff’s are allowed to determine what is “well beyond the guidelines of Proposition 215/SB 420″ it leaves the door open for a variety of interpretations and law enforcement speculation.

On Thursday morning, October 14, 2010, personnel from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara Police Department and the San Diego Sheriff’s Office served search warrants at the following businesses and private residences in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties:

Choice Dispensary 6300 block Lindmar St. Goleta, Ca
Seized: Hundreds of edible marijuana items, 1,100 marijuana plants being grown on property, dozens of pounds of processed marijuana for sale, Automated Teller Machine, hashish, hash oil, several security safes with contents yet to be determined.

Helping Hands Wellness Center 4141 State Street Unincorporated Santa Barbara County
Seized: Hundreds of edible marijuana items, Nearly 75 pounds of processed marijuana for sale, 200 plants growing on property, $20,000 cash, Automated Teller Machine.

Helping Hands Wellness 3000 block of Fifth Street, San Diego, Ca
Seized: Hundreds of edible marijuana items, 35 pounds of processed marijuana for sale, $17,000cash.

CW: I know it is chic to operate several locations these days, but it would also seem to raise a red flag in some instances. I support the notion of good organizations serving more patients, but it is hard to justify under the current “collective” scenario. Prop. 19 would allow for local cities to establish bona fide sales outlets, which would be seemingly good for everyone….

Residence on the 6300 block of Lake Decatur Avenue San Diego, Ca

Arrested: James Harder (DOB 9/19/80). Booked into the San Diego County Jail for felony drug trafficking (11360 HS) and felony money laundering (11370.9 HS). Bail: $2,000,000. Mr. Harder is suspected of operating all three dispensaries with Craig Corneal. Harder was arrested at the Lake Decatur Avenue residence and is awaiting transfer back to the Santa Barbara County Jail.

CW: Felony money laundering being charged is disturbing and could be an increasing trends. Be sure to handle cash appropriately and ALWAYS hire a CPA to do non-profit administration for the organization.

Residence on the 3000 block of Serena Road, Santa Barbara, Ca
Seized: Nearly $70,000 cash, plants from small marijuana grow in basement, marijuana growing equipment. James Harder has been linked to this property and is believed to have also lived here.

Residence on the 5300 Shoreline Drive, Goleta, Ca
Seized: $2,400 cash, 11 pounds of processed marijuana.

Arrested: Craig Corneal (DOB 6/9/81), Booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for felony drug trafficking (11360 HS) and felony money laundering (11370.9 HS). Bail: $2,000,000. Corneal was arrested at the Shoreline Drive residence and is suspected of operating all three dispensaries with James Harder.

Residence on the 100 Block of Sumida Garden Lane, Goleta, Ca

Arrested: Laura Bertucci (DOB 4/16/86) She was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony drug trafficking (11360 HS) and felony money laundering (11370.9 HS). Bail is set at $500,000. Ms. Bertucci was taken into custody this morning at her apartment in Goleta and is suspected of helping operate the dispensaries.

CW: More focus on the food-based medicines. This disturbing trend seems to signal that the old strategy of demonizing the foods as ways that kids could be harmed is back in style….I thought we moved past that, but I guess not.

CW: DOES THAT SAY “SHIT” ON THE LABEL? I cannot get behind that. Sorry. Twist ties are weak packaging, as well. People…if you make cannabis foods find a REAL packaging and labeling scheme and for the love of god, please do not use profanity on your labeling and naming…..Shit? Really? Come on……

CW: $5 milkshake? (Pulp Fiction). But really, as a person who did foods for a long time, it seems these prices are a bit high, but maybe they are super strong. Who knows. What is an “X” mean anyway? Is that a quantifiable amount and if so, how much is 4 of them? Funny that after 3 years of being out of the business, not much has changed. people need to do a better job of self-regulation.

But I am not here to cast stones. Just pointing out the disturbing trend in law enforcement and encouraging people to do a better job of self-regulating. Reel it in. Tighten up the ship. And if you own multiple collectives, think about diversifying your ownership/Board so that you are not left holding the bag. And BY ALL MEANS….VOTE YES ON 19 to put an end to this madness.

Source: http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=41036

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UNDER FIRE: More raids on collectives. Still feel safe?

October 8, 2010 in Feds, Local Regulations, Miscellaneous

Some cannot see the writing on the wall. As eleven more people were booked into the system for providing cannabis medicines, we continue to see complacency in the movement and calls for more of the same. Really? It amazes me that many patients, operators, and producers of cannabis medicines still think that somehow the current gray area phenomena will last forever. But what we see is the beginning of the end, as municipalities are also using the gray area to prosecute providers, kick in doors, and create chaos in the community. Welcome to your new life of raid first, and let the courts sort it out. Just ask Jovan Jackson how that works out…

First they came for San Diego, but we did not speak up because we were not from San Diego.

Then they came for LA and we did not speak up because we were not from LA.

Then they came for San Jose but we did not speak up because we were not from San Jose.

Then they came for OUR GARDEN, and by that time there was no one left to speak up.

We should all think very clearly about what is happening everywhere to understand what could happen anywhere. It is a dangerous proposition to continue down the path of uncertainty and darkness. There is a high-water level for everything and medical cannabis is no different. There is a backlash brewing and unless we can advance the cause and pass Prop 19 to define more clearly the difference between medical and adult use, we are destined to see this trend continue. These are some headlines from the past month or less…

Raided medical marijuana dispensaries targeted due to alleged profits

By Brian Day, Staff Writer

A group of five medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Covina, raided by authorities Wednesday were targeted because the operators were allegedly turning a profit from the establishments in violation of state medical marijuana laws.

CW: One begs to understand what consists of turning a profit? Is any money a profit as some law enforcement put forth? Or is an organization allowed to have resources, as long as one person does not realize the dividends? This is the unclear area of the current laws that should have all providers worried…

Eleven people were arrested in connection with the operation, which took place Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

The Alternative Medicine Collective of Covina, 20050 E. Arrow Highway, Suite B, was forced to close its doors after a multi-agency task force seized its products, along with four other dispensaries in the four-county operation, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. No one at the Covina dispensary was arrested.

Under California’s Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, medical marijuana dispensaries are only allowed to operate as non-profits, Capt. Ralph Ornelas of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau said.

Are law enforcement prepared and trained to identify what is and what is not non-profit? Are they accountants too?

“This organization was definitely working outside the law,” he said.

“Our investigation proved they were charging people and making a profit out of it,” Ornelas said. “You’re not supposed to make a profit.”

CW: This is where every patient, provider and producer should be worried. Since the current laws are vague, law enforcement is left to decide whether or not YOU are making a profit. What does a profit look like? Apparently it looks like cash….

Authorities also searched an Alhambra home in the 1600 block of Curtis Avenue, though no evidence was seized, the captain said.

Erik Andresen, 35, of Seal Beach was arrested as the “primary suspect” in the case against the five dispensaries, Ornelas said.

He was booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and another marijuana-related offense at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station, according to a jailer. He was released Thursday after posting $100,000 bail.

CW: Hmmm…that seems like normal charges. Not operating as a for-profit charges. Or some other civil infraction that most businesses would endure for accounting issues…

Andresen said he serves as an advisor for the organization of patients involved and denied any wrongdoing.

“We are a group of patients who are together, collectively, to provide medicine for sick people,” he said.

Andresen said the dispensaries did not make a profit.

“You’re allowed to be reimbursed for your time,” he said. He declined to say how much money he has received in compensation, but described it as “piddly.”

CW: Are you? Who said? Sure the Peron case gives that impression, but it does not define what is “reasonable” thus leaving a lot of discretion to law enforcement. And as we saw in the Jovan Jackson case, if your judge believes in the “only a community garden” theory then you are screwed, unless your reimbursement comes under the narrowest interpretation of the current laws…

“I don’t own a home,” he said.

Andresen added that the collectives generally give excess marijuana free of charge to their sickest patients.

“We don’t turn a profit because be give away any extra proceeds,” he said.

CW: So here begs the question. If you give away any extra proceeds, but just have not gotten around to giving them away yet, when can YOU be charged with maintaining a profit? See the conundrum in the current system?

The names of the other 10 people arrested on drug related charges were not available Thursday, Ornelas said.

In all, the multi-agency task force searched five marijuana dispensaries, one cultivation site, two processing sites, seven homes and a sailboat, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.

Ornelas said they were located in Covina, Alhambra, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs, Ornelas said.

In addition to the Covina establishment, the medical marijuana dispensaries raided Wednesday included the Palm Springs Holistic Collective, the Riverside Compassionate Wellness Center, the San Diego Holistic Collective, and the Compassionate Medical Collective in San Diego, Ornelas said.

Andresen said that as far as he knows, only one dispensary in San Diego is affiliated with his patient group.

Officials seized 35 marijuana plants, valued at $70,000; 78 pounds of processed pot, valued at $234,000; seven gallons of concentrated cannabis oils, valued at $44,800; about 4,000 pre-packaged, marijuana-laced edible products; hydroponic growing equipment and chemicals; and about $20,000 in cash, according to the sheriff’s statement.

CW: I just want to point out that chances are they have no idea of the value of oil….

The edible products included, “Lolly pops, ice pops, candy bars, brownies – all that stuff,” Ornelas said.

CW: Here we go again….

He said sheriff’s narcotics officials are looking into requesting agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration get involved.

CW: The FDA came to the raid of Tainted Inc. Our game was too tight for them to have any issues, as our facilities were immaculate and our operations were above and beyond the call of duty. But you will never read that in the paper, now will you? I hope these producers did their due diligence in preparing these ingestible meds…

Andresen said he would have no problem cooperating with health regulations governing edible marijuana products.

CW: Would not or did not?

Source: http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_16281596

So the real question to ask yourself is how long do we want to keep up the charade and hope that SB420 will hold up in OUR court of law. It would make more sense for the community to pass Prop. 19 and work to set up a system that actually allows for and regulates cannabis sales and distribution. Anything less is just irresponsible. We are seeing more frequent attacks based on the gray area of the laws that govern our community. We will continue to see more. And as these agencies find success their attacks will become more frequent and more invasive. Do not let the complacency of the situation fool you. Access is under attack and YOU could be next. Those who want to “Keep Marijuana Medical” have obviously drank the kool-aid of complacency and are foolish enough to believe their good time will last forever. But the noose is tightening on medical use and there is a real backlash happening. What you will see is less people being able to access cannabis and chances are a fed up Legislature will repeal or amend SB420 to close the loopholes that allow people to operate. Is this what you envisioned? More people being raided, arrested, and prosecuted for cannabis or less? Pass Prop 19 for less. Do nothing and hope for the best if you want more people to be UNDER FIRE. We cannot afford to stand still on this…

Weed Activist

What does the Jovan Jackson verdict tell us about our access?

September 29, 2010 in Legalization, Local Regulations

I was devastated yesterday after hearing that a jury convicted Jovan Jackson for providing medicine to sick and dying patients in California- in STATE court! How could this be? How could a provider in CA be railroaded into a conviction? It is a travesty of justice, and the good news is that there is a good chance he will be allowed to appeal it and get a new trial.

The big deal in this particular trial was the Judge’s decision to not allow Mr. Jackson a medical defense because the Judge deemed his actions were outside of the realm of what is allowed under the current medical laws. You see, the Judge’s interpretation of SB420′s allowing of “collective cultiuvation” is that only a situation such as a “community garden” were legal under law. Therefore, since Mr. Jackson SOLD cannabis to patients in a dispensing collective setting that he was outside of what is lawful and not worthy of a medical defense in court. The Judge even went as far as to disallow Americans for Safe Access t-shirts and logos in the courtroom. Amazing, right? In this day and age? Really?

But this is not a secluded incident and the ramifications could be far reaching. There are operators all over the state who should fear for their freedom if this decision is allowed to stand. Conservative and concerned District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and City Officials have long claimed that dispensaries were illegal simply because they sold cannabis to patients. This decision affirms many of those archaic interpretations and could result in further backlash as the opposition is bolstered by this decision. It stands to reason that many operators- from LA to Butte County- could be railroaded based on decisions like this. And what is worrisome is that most in the community do not see the writing on the wall.

SB420 and Prop. 215 do not clearly allow for a distribution system that involves the changing hands of money. Therefore, much like how we have been able to advance our cause based on this unclarity ion the law, also those who oppose cannabis collectives can use it to limit access and criminalize providers who are just trying to make a living. Many should be worried. But some believe that the current situation will last forever. That the opposition will continue to allow for loose interpretations of grey area to carry on with zero opposition- that is naive thinking.

It is already apparent that we are losing the hearts and minds of lawmakers and people in the community because the current system is simply more about being legal than it is about being medical. This is a big issue we all face, and we must move forward or be eaten alive standing still. We have an opportunity in November to pass a law that allows for the enjoyable users to separate themselves from the medical users- for there to be a law that allows for sales and distribution- and a law that adds another layer of protection to medical users and providers. This important step could never be more important than now. So I urge medical users and providers to consider the case of Jovan Jackson as a clear wake-up call that we are far from out of the woods and that we must act on 19 to advance the cause of cannabis freedom.

It could be your collective that is forced to defend themselves in court with your hands tied behind your back. It could be your organization that is targeted because you are more than a community garden. It is silly to believe that the current indifference to the law will last forever. Vote Yes on 19 and help protect providers like Jovan and countless others who are under attack for their right to provide cannabis.

Weed Activist

"The Good Old Daze"

September 28, 2010 in Legalization, Local Regulations

Will we one day look back on this moment as “the good old daze,” where for a moment in history we pushed back prohibition and people had more cannabis freedom? I sure hope not. I hope this is the “remember when we had to go to a Doctor to use cannabis legally” era. But far too many people believe that the current landscape will remain as vague and allowing as it is now. Some are so happy with their freedom as a patient that they fail to see the writing on the wall- our access is under attack. All over the State there has been a relaxed atmosphere regarding medical cannabis and people have somewhat found a comfort zone in which they have become lazy and complacent. People are so enamored with the current situation that they choose to ignore the facts- all over the State medical use is under attack, people think the medical system is a sham, and the powers at be are working to shade in the gray area and do away with the current system where collectives are undefined entities that provide cannabis to members through “incremental reimbursement,” or “donation” or whatever the cutesy word they choose to use for “sales” may be. The fact is that this cannot, and will not, last forever. Look around you.

Patient providers like Jovan Jackson find themselves in a court of law facing cannabis distribution charges and felonies for providing medical cannabis without being allowed a medical defense. Heck, the Judge even ruled ASA shirts were not allowed in the courtroom. How is that for safe access? Or Jeff Joseph facing charges for running a collective? Is he a criminal and the rest of you are not? Or Craig X Rubin? Do you believe that how he was targeted could not happen to you? Or the countless others who have spent the year tending their medical garden because people like Lanette Davies told them the “could grow as much as they wanted because that was between them and their Doctor” only to have Sheriff’s come and cut down their hard work and file charges for them being misinformed. You are blind if you do not see that your access is under attack and that YOU could be the victim any day because while the unclarity of Prop 215 and SB420 have afforded the community to explore the boundaries of the law, that same unclarity has allowed for rogue District Attorneys and Cops all over the State to kick in doors, and drag people to jail because their rights to grow and sell cannabis are not clearly protected anywhere in the current laws.

But do not ask me. What do California Lawmakers think? Do they believe the current system is on the up and up? Remember, it was the legislature that passed SB420, and they also can repeal or amend it to restrict freedoms and “control and regulate” the system better. In a recent vote on a resolution that would have called for an end to Federal interference into State “medical” cannabis affairs, “SJR14,” was struck down because lawmakers do not support the current state of affairs of the medial cannabis industry. They feel the freedoms are too loose and that the system is wrought with abuse. Here is what ASA wrote about it:

SJR 14 should have been a winner in a Democratic legislature – it costs nothing, does not change state law, and calls for action only in the federal arena. Unfortunately, ambivalence about medical cannabis is at a high water mark in Sacramento. Even legislators with a track record of support are worried about increasingly unpopular collectives, lenient doctors, or patients that “don’t look sick.” That is why some of the twelve silent Assemblymembers withheld their support for SJR 14.

So it begs to ask….”Who do we think we are fooling besides ourselves?” It is okay to believe in your heart that “all use is medical” like Dennis Peron and his group of loyal followers put forth. But does this really hold water? Can you really accuse all cannabis users who choose to believe they are not ill or injured to believe that they are simply “patients in denial.” Can we continue to push down the throats of society a fact that even most cannabis users do not really believe? Does it water down the real medical use of many patients to hear that EVERYONE is a patient and that they are no more sick than the 20-year-old kid who walked out of his doctor’s appointment “stoked to be legal, dude?” It is disingenuous and further pushes the real medical use and properties to the back burner because we choose to include everyone and everything as a medical issue, to which medical professionals and members of the community see as a huge abuse in the system.

I often address medical cannabis issues on local, non-cannabis blogs, often finding myself arguing with soccer moms and concerned folks that believe the current system is out of control. I am constantly defending the current and obvious abuses in the “everyone is medical” scenario. It is tiring to have to continue to defend this position because, frankly, there is a lot of truth in the argument. I support folks participating in Civil Disobedience and being “legal” by virtue of a doctor’s note, but I also understand that their are limits on how far this can be put forth and that eventually there will be a backlash. On an East bay blog, Claycord.com, I often find myself engaged in a spirited discussion with locals who do not use cannabis and who definitely do not believe that all use is medical. Here are a couple of the type of comments that I hae run across all the time that represent an increasing sentiment in the community and has lawmakers looking to roll back and limit the current state of affairs.

I have no problem with people using medicinal marijuana for their health issues. BUT so many people claim they have a health issue when they indeed do not, just to be able to get high. It’s a sham. What are some of these 21 y/o young males claiming they have?? Hangnails? An acute case of inarticulate, illiterate, personality disorder??

or this:

I would like to see marijuana available to the chronically ill. I wish the The State would find a way to control the sales of pot to only those who NEED it–and have a Rx–for physical pain or discomfort, such as through pharmacies. I, also, wish the State would better regulate the doctors who write bogus Rxs. I see one possibility would be to put a dispensary in a very large open space with zillions of acres in an unincorporated area of the county and that only one person at at time with a Rx could enter and only a very small amount could be dispensed at one time….and I don’t mean an ounce.

or this angle:

Half of the people i know in the bay area have the “medical card” to be able to buy weed in the dispensaries,and NONE of them have a single medical condition

These are the thoughts of people who are not in the cannabis looking glass and are observing the situation from the outside in. These are the types of arguments that we need to stop having. No matter what your thoughts are, we need to get to a place where citizens, law enforcement, and the media can quit demeaning cannabis by playing Doctor and deciding who is and who is not sick enough to use cannabis. Cannabis is safe and effective and enjoyable. We need to pass Prop. 19 and ensure that the real patients are protected and that those who may just go to the Doctor to be “legal” can quit pressing the boundaries and making the situation more difficult to justify.

We owe it to ourselves to advance the cause and move the ball down the field before the access we currently know and love become referred to as “The Good Old Daze,” when we believed the medical situation would never change and that we would be safe forever. it is just not a reality. So live in the now. Open your eyes. Vote YES on 19. Your access depends on it. If you believe it does not then I have a bridge in Florida to sell you….

And for real medical patients…nothing will change (unless of course you do nothing):

Prop 19 does not overturn or supersede Prop 215.  #1) Its Purposes and Intents are to make medical access safer and easier.  #2) It’s loaded with “Notwithstanding any other provision of law” clauses that mean “except where another law already makes something more legal” – like Prop 215.  #3) All powers over cultivation given to localities specifically mention “commercial” purposes.

Weed Activist

TAKE ACTION" Tell Arnie to pump it up and sign SB1449

September 24, 2010 in Local Regulations, Miscellaneous

California Action Alert: Schwarzenegger Must Decide Marijuana


Infraction Measure Next Week!
September 23, 2010
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has until  Thursday, September 30, to decide the fate of Senate Bill 1449 –  which would reduce adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal  misdemeanor to a civil infraction. That gives reformers one final week to lobby for this sensible reform. If you have not yet contacted the Governor in support of this historic legislation, please do so today.

Senate Bill 1449 amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than a $100 fine – no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record.

Passage of bill would save the state millions of dollars in court costs by keeping minor marijuana offenders out of court. The number of misdemeanor pot prosecutions has surged in recent years, reaching 61,388 in 2008. Adults who consume marijuana responsibly are not part of the crime problem, and the state should stop treating them like criminals.

Governor Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has vetoed several different marijuana law reform bills in the past. Therefore, if you live in California, it is vital that you please e-mail or call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office and urge him to sign SB 1449 into law.  For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to the Governor when you visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center here. http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=16364941

Arnold’s offices at are http://gov.ca.gov/interact#contact

Governor’s Office:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160 ( new number )

District Offices:
Fresno Office
2550 Mariposa Mall #3013
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-477-1804
Fax: 559-445-5328

Los Angeles Office
300 South Spring Street
Suite 16701
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-897-0322
Fax: 213-897-0319

Riverside Office
3737 Main Street #201
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 951-680-6860
Fax: 951-680-6863

San Diego Office
1350 Front Street
Suite 6054
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-525-4641
Fax: 619-525-4640

San Francisco Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Suite 14000
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-703-2218
Fax: 415-703-2803

Weed Activist

Another medical cannabis collective shut down. Owner charged with FELONIES.

September 23, 2010 in Local Regulations

We continue to see more stories like this where collective operators are being shut down and charged with crimes for providing medicine to patients. We can be sure to see more situations like this if there are not added protections given for cannais users. This is another reason to establish Prop. 19 and add another layer to the onion.

Novato woman charged with multiple marijuana felonies, conspiracy

Solano County prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old Novato woman who runs two medical pot clubs with multiple marijuana felonies and conspiracy.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cindy Elizabeth Harris last Thursday and raided her Tree of Life medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Venetia and Fairfield with help from other agencies.

Prosecutors have since charged her with five counts of transporting or distributing marijuana, one count of possessing marijuana for sale and one count of conspiracy, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Bail was set at $68,332.

Authorities also arrested Harris’ son, 24-year-old Chad Grimm, at his Sebastopol home and charged him with possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy, prosecutors said. Grimm’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Jennifer Ryan, was also arrested at the home.

It wasn’t clear whether authorities believed Harris and Grimm were selling pot to people other than medical marijuana patients, and the sheriff’s office and the deputy district attorney handling the case could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Harris’ defense attorney, Omar Figueroa, also could not be reached for comment.

But Kim Pelham, who managed the Going Green dispensary in Corte Madera and is a close personal friend of Harris, said both Harris and Grimm were released after posting bail Tuesday.

She said detectives also raided Harris’ parents’ home in Mendocino County last week, as well as her Novato apartment and a warehouse. At the time of her arrest, Harris was waiting for the Fairfield Planning Department to approve a permit for her dispensary and had paid the city about $17,000, Pelham said.

Meanwhile, it remained unclear whether Tree of Life’s Santa Venetia shop would reopen.

“The understanding was under the bail agreement, she is not allowed to sell medical marijuana in Solano County but Marin was not included in it,” Pelham said.

Source: http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_16147435

Get your protest on if you are in LA on Tuesday…..

September 2, 2010 in Local Regulations

You GOTS to get up, get out, and get something…DON”T LET THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE PASS BY……

They’re At It Again!

Stand Up for Safe Access To Medical Marijuana in LA

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is trying to push virtually every medical cannabis patients’ collective out of operation! Only 25% of collectives meet his harsh and arbitrary standards. That is not enough to serve legal patients in LA!

Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and friends to “Stand Up for Safe Access” when the LA city Council returns from summer recess on September 7. Let the City Attorney know he can not roll back access for to medicine, and ask the City Council to Stand Up with patients!

What: Stand Up for Safe Access!

When: 9:00 AM * Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Where: 200 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Info: don@safeaccessnow.org or toll free (888) 929-4367

What can you do to help? Bring signs, banners, friends, and loved ones to this peaceful protest and press conference before the City Council meeting. Forward a link to this page to your lists. Come prepared – bring drinking water, wear a hat for shade, wear sunscreen.

Schedule:

8:30 – Gather for the event and enjoy doughnuts provided by the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA)

9:00 – Press conference and rally

10:00 – Supporters will speak during the Public Comments portion of the City Council meeting. You must complete a Public Speakers card before the meeting. ASA will have Talking Points to help you frame you comments.

After Public Comments – Join the rally outside

Read LA City Attorney Turns Up the Heat for more information.

See you Tuesday!

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