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LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal
    #13144080 - 09/03/10 08:41 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal
September 3, 2010 - Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff has escalated his war of words against California medical marijuana dispensaries, saying as many as 97 percent operate as criminal enterprises.

Some of the pot shops get marijuana from Mexican drug cartels, and most dole out pot to people with no medical need for it, Sheriff Lee Baca said.

"Millions of dollars are being made for profit, and it's all illegal," the sheriff said this week.

Baca presented no evidence to support his claim. His comments coincided with a recent announcement that he would lead efforts against a November ballot measure to legalize marijuana for personal use in California.

Critics said his claims about the dispensaries were politically motivated and untrue.

"When they run out of scare tactics, they come out with stuff like this," said Michael Backes, a board member of the Cornerstone Research Collective, which provides marijuana to patients in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles.

Backes stressed there was no need to buy pot from Mexican cartels because more than enough quality marijuana is legally grown in California to supply the dispensaries.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Casey McEnry, who works in the San Francisco office, said it was difficult to substantiate or refute Baca's claims because of challenges in determining where pot found in dispensaries was produced.

Baca, however, said chemical analyses of pot confiscated during drug raids against street dealers showed similar pesticide content and other characteristics as marijuana sold in dispensaries.

Allegations of criminal activity involving pot shops increased after a string of deaths, including the Aug. 26 slaying of three men in West Hollywood who police suspect had been buying up bulk quantities of high-grade marijuana from dispensaries and reselling it on the street.

The suspect in that case confessed to killing the men when he didn't have enough cash to complete a transaction, police said.

In addition, two workers at different dispensaries have been killed during robberies in recent weeks.

"It is no surprise that people are going to get killed ... drugs and violence go together," Baca said.

Despite his concerns about the way dispensaries operate, Baca has been a longtime advocate of medical marijuana use by AIDS patients and people with other chronic conditions.

The 1996 law approved by California voters allows collectives to grow medicinal marijuana, though they are not supposed to make profits and can only charge enough to cover operating expenses.

Baca said the intent of the law was good but had been corrupted almost beyond recognition with most "patients" producing spurious notes from doctors describing vague ailments that don't need to be treated with marijuana.

Thirteen other states have legalized medical marijuana, and many jurisdictions around the country have decriminalized marijuana to the point that low-level possession offenses aren't prosecuted.


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: veggie]
    #13144095 - 09/03/10 08:48 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)



That's just retarded. I literally can't handle this. Drugs and violence go together, no shit, except the one that tends to follow that mantra to it's truest is legal. Oh, but bacardi isn't a drug or anthing. Mexi weed does not see the inside of dispensaries... wtf man.

Besides, who the fuck is he to say? He's just a sheriff. When the fuck did police become the de facto truth source? What makes them qualified over people who have higher educations?


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: veggie]
    #13144110 - 09/03/10 08:53 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

What a bunch of crap.The law enforcement will do anything to scare people.They just don't want to persue real criminals because they are scared.They would rather bust me for a oz of weed than investigate the child molestor living next door.I don't see how they relate mexican weed with medical weed.I guess they are just scared the cartels will just push more meth and coke into the US.Who knows maybe he's a cartel member and he's fighting to keep it illegal so he can keep his job.lol Cops! gotta hate them.........Way to go Veggi keep the stories flowing


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: veggie]
    #13144112 - 09/03/10 08:53 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

he is probably just looking out for cop jobs.


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: Smawrpg]
    #13144331 - 09/03/10 09:42 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Yeah, Dispensaries operate off of nasty brick mexi weed and dont grow their own $450/oz buds, who woulda thought


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: veggie]
    #13144770 - 09/03/10 11:42 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

Baca presented no evidence to support his claim.




:lol: Imagine that.


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: veggie]
    #13145772 - 09/04/10 07:25 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

its getting closer and closer to legalization o_O the world has been waiting for a looooong time for this, then again everyone could end up waiting a lot more


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: auronlives69]
    #13146645 - 09/04/10 01:50 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I think that dispensaries are counter-productive to the MM movement. Perhaps, if people just got their cards, have a small garden, and smoke at home LEGALLY, there wouldn't be such a fuss and its probably what legislators thought people would logically do. In the area of general consensus, dispensaries may be considered as "deviant service centers" and not pharmacies. Some towns want to comply and allow dispraise, but there is an issue of zoning. Lets not forget that most Leo's and Doctors are against medical pot. Some people want dispensaries, so they can smoke and socialize there, probably not a good idea. As for making money from MM, the profit margin is small and the quality of homegrown MM is more in terms of medicinal, less in terms of stone,higher in price than black market. The low profile legal option is preferable to the high profile one and is what will lead to eventual legalization. Big rallies and protests against raids are not beneficial, remember people still are fearful of pot and smokers.


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: iam23]
    #13149122 - 09/05/10 03:22 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Cops don't want weed to be legal because it is hands down the easiest drug to catch someone with. Why? because good bud fucking REEKS


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Re: LA sheriff says most medical marijuana dispensaries are criminal [Re: MilkdudTitties]
    #13149355 - 09/05/10 06:41 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

plenty of cops DO want pot to be legal...


in my home town people are still going to jail for having a roach under their car seat when they got pulled over...fucking disgusting and it pisses me off so much..

we actually think it is a good idea to lock people up in dirty rooms because they decided that they wanted to smoke pieces of a plant...fucking horrible laws and society..i fucking hate this town/state...:mad2:


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