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US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal
    #11225051 - 10/11/09 06:10 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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Saturday 10 Oct 2009


In spite of a law on California books for over a decade which allows the sale of medical cannabis to properly licensed patients, the district attorney in Los Angeles County is preparing an all-out legal assault against the "vast majority" of dispensaries.

"Hundreds of dispensaries operate under a 1996 voter initiative that allowed medical marijuana use, and a state law that allows for collective growing of marijuana," NBC Los Angeles reported. "But based on a state Supreme Court decision last year, [LA County District Attorney Steve] Cooley has concluded that over-the-counter sales are illegal. Most if not all of the dispensaries in the state operate on that basis."

"The vast, vast, vast majority, about 100%, of dispensaries in Los Angeles County and the city are operating illegally, they are dealing marijuana illegally, according to our theory," Cooley said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "The time is right to deal with this problem."

That "problem" -- over the counter sales of marijuana to licensed patients -- accounted for some $18 million in tax revenue for the state last year, reported The Christian Science-Monitor, during a time when California is facing the greatest budgetary challenges in its history.

However, those with prescriptions for marijuana account for roughly 10 percent of the state's marijuana users, according to a California NORML report (PDF link) prepared for the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance.

"In a radio interview on KABC-AM (790), Cooley reiterated his plan to close down many of the 800 to 900 medical marijuana shops believed to be operating in the city of Los Angeles," noted the Contra-Costa Times.

"We will give them fair notice and, hopefully, they will see the light and voluntarily close down," Cooley reportedly said. "We are going to uphold the laws of California."

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a group which advocates the nation-wide legalization of cannabis for adults, strongly disagrees.

"Last year, the state’s attorney general issued a legal opinion that clearly stated that 'a properly organized and operated collective or cooperative that dispenses medical marijuana through a storefront may be lawful under California law,'" MPP noted in Opposing Views. "Maybe Cooley didn’t get the memo."

They continued: "If Cooley is somehow successful in eliminating L.A.'s medical marijuana facilities, the effect would be disastrous for patients forced to find their medicine in the underground market and would be a boon to the violent drug cartels that often supply that market. Voters in Los Angeles — who overwhelmingly support medical marijuana — are probably scratching their heads trying to figure out why their district attorney wants to enrich criminal drug dealers at the expense of patients."

"Cooley and other officials say that in addition to selling to minors and others who do not use the drug for medical purposes, some of the dispensaries sell marijuana laced heavily with insecticides that endanger users even as they help finance Mexican drug cartels," Contra-Costa added.

There are three voter-sponsored initiatives circulating California at the moment which seek to put complete legalization and taxation of marijuana on the state-wide ballot in 2010, according to the Orange County Register.

"If one of these initiatives passes, California would become the first state to legalize marijuana and impose a tax on it, a move proponents say could help get the state out of an unprecedented budget crisis," the paper reported.

DA Cooley's first targeted dispensary is "Organica," in Culver City, according to Mercury News.

"We have our strategy and we think we are on good legal ground," Cooley said, the LA Times noted.

Marijuana is California's most valuable cash crop, responsible for over $14 billion in annual sales, according to Time magazine. If legalized and taxed, it could produce $1.3 billion or more in revenues for the state, California tax collectors have estimated.

Steve Cooley photo sample credit: Los Angeles Times.

http://rawstory.com/2009/10/los-angeles-da-warmedical-marijuana/


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11225056 - 10/11/09 06:17 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

OH GOD STOP THIS FUCKING MADNESS, LIVE AND LET FUCKING LIVE!!!


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Lucas89]
    #11225089 - 10/11/09 06:50 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

This outta be interesting. How they gonna bust 900 dispensaries?


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Lucas89]
    #11225141 - 10/11/09 08:05 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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"Cooley and other officials say that in addition to selling to minors and others who do not use the drug for medical purposes, some of the dispensaries sell marijuana laced heavily with insecticides that endanger users even as they help finance Mexican drug cartels," Contra-Costa added.



Assuming this is true.. they expect street dealers to honourably avoid these issues?


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: gnarfbuckle]
    #11225285 - 10/11/09 09:29 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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This outta be interesting. How they gonna bust 900 dispensaries?



One at a time. The same way the Feds have been doing it.


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: billycorgan55]
    #11225330 - 10/11/09 09:49 AM (8 years, 13 days ago)

one step forward and 10 steps back as usual


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: subject]
    #11225805 - 10/11/09 12:10 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

when are these fuckers going to give up already  :mad:  im gonna go beat my head against a wall


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: PoopSoap]
    #11225899 - 10/11/09 12:37 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

why doesnt the government go out and do something useful for a change.. like bust a meth lab instead of wasting millions of dollars fighting a drug that has never killed any body ever. when will they wake up??


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: thor55]
    #11226305 - 10/11/09 02:10 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

What a fucking dickwad


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: TTT]
    #11226393 - 10/11/09 02:25 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

The terminator should kick his ass out.


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: thor55]
    #11226445 - 10/11/09 02:39 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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like bust a meth lab instead of




Busting meth labs is not a productive use of tax dollars.


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Alan Rockefeller]
    #11226514 - 10/11/09 02:56 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

It seems to me that the cartels have the LA DA under their belt. Who else would benefit from legal marijuana being outlawed again? Illegal trade. Cooley is probably as corrupt as he is ignorant. The STATE legalized it. You work for LA. Do you even know your title? what a dumb fuck. The federal government has no credibility anymore, states can run themselves just fine (as it states in the 10th amendment!). Not to mention that the 1st amendment is SUPPOSE to protect our right to freedom of speech. So smoking weed shouldn't be up to any government in the FIRST PLACE!


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Cap Stemson]
    #11226529 - 10/11/09 03:00 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

If the dispenseries want to make REAL legislative changes, they need to funnel a portion of their profits to a lobbyist effort to convince policy makers. They need to band together to create a co-op. Fuck it, just hire the Chinese Army to protect your shit. See if the DEA has the balls to break in your place then!


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Cap Stemson]
    #11226696 - 10/11/09 03:42 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

i think what were seeing here is some kind of coattail effect from the teabagger movement...the following gallup poll shows that america has swung sharply to the right in recent months ..

http://www.gallup.com/poll/121403/special-report-ideologically-moving.aspx

so while the teabaggers may or may not have succeeded in their efforts against healthcare reform.. they do seem to be spinning the country around to their broader agenda...


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Annapurna1]
    #11226763 - 10/11/09 03:57 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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Cooley has concluded that over-the-counter sales are illegal



yes only under the counter sales are permitted in CA


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Alan Rockefeller]
    #11227379 - 10/11/09 05:37 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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like bust a meth lab instead of




Busting meth labs is not a productive use of tax dollars.



Draino sales will plummet. And that's bad for the economy.


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: shivas.wisdom]
    #11227387 - 10/11/09 05:38 PM (8 years, 13 days ago)

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"Cooley and other officials say that in addition to selling to minors and others who do not use the drug for medical purposes, some of the dispensaries sell marijuana laced heavily with insecticides that endanger users even as they help finance Mexican drug cartels," Contra-Costa added.



Assuming this is true.. they expect street dealers to honourably avoid these issues?




No. They expect marijuana to go away, which it will, cause they're doin' stuff. The good guys will win eventually, right? All the users will get educated and eventually realize that marijuana is bad, and all the dealers will eventually be in jail. No more marijuana! Victory!  :flowstone:


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: sorahtak]
    #11227574 - 10/11/09 06:07 PM (8 years, 12 days ago)

Is it possible for the people to overthrow the district attorney? Or overthrow his decision(s) at least ??


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Magick]
    #11228570 - 10/11/09 08:43 PM (8 years, 12 days ago)

I think we need to expose his ties with the cartels... There is no way he can be that fucking stupid. No way. He knows what he's doing and he knows it's wrong as fuck. He will one day get whats coming to him.
There's no way L.A. will let this happen. I'll be there screaming my ass off if it goes to trial.


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Re: US: Los Angeles DA: ‘About 100%’ of medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal [Re: Annapurna1]
    #11229681 - 10/11/09 11:28 PM (8 years, 12 days ago)

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Annapurna1 said:
i think what were seeing here is some kind of coattail effect from the teabagger movement...the following gallup poll shows that america has swung sharply to the right in recent months ..

http://www.gallup.com/poll/121403/special-report-ideologically-moving.aspx

so while the teabaggers may or may not have succeeded in their efforts against healthcare reform.. they do seem to be spinning the country around to their broader agenda...




The tea party movement is all about conservatism not the GOP. The tea parties where pretty much born out of the ron paul revolution, and that "agenda" is about getting the government out of you life, which includes marijuana. Infact, as a conservative I think you should have the right to smoke and grow marijuana without any regulation or taxes. Liberals favor regulations... and thats what the drug war is all about... more regulations on your private life. There have been neoconservatives who have tried to coop the tea  parties but that doesnt mean the true conservatives who started them have the same agendas. Neoconservatives (Bush, McCain etc)are not true conservatives, they are more liberal. You need to get past the two party paradigm and realize the leaders of both parties have the same agenda, restricting our economic and personal freedoms. As a conservative I am pro economic freedom as well as social freedom.


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