Marijuana patients, they now have it in writing. A three-page memo
spelling out the policy was expected to be sent today to federal
prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to AP.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, L.A. County Prosecutor Steve Cooley says
that "approximately zero" of the 800-odd dispensaries in his county are
operating legally. The hot-dogging Cooley comes to this interesting
figure by assuming -- contrary to existing practice for at least five
years since S.B. 420 allowed patient collectives -- that any
over-the-counter exchange of Marijuana for cash is inherently illegal.
Oakland's tightly regulated medical Marijuana industry -- considered a
model of workability, practicality, and, well, taxability around the
state -- wouldn't be classified as legal under Cooley's restrictive
percent of the vote this year in Oakland, but in the unlikely event
Oakland came to share Cooley's ultra-narrow interpretation of the state
law, the more than $300,000 per year of Marijuana money currently
rolling into city coffers would come to a choking halt.
"legal" approach to undermining Proposition 215, passed by California
voters 13 years ago, hasn't yet survived the first brutal round of
court challenges undoubtedly to come. His fringe definition of what
constitutes, in contravention of the medical Marijuana law, "sales for profit" seems fragile to many observers of
and operators of the 800-plus dispensaries in Los Angeles County are
holding their collective breath, and not because they just inhaled that
last hit of kush. It's possible that the City of Angels' headlong ride
into a weed-friendly culture could be about to go up in flames.
where last month, police officers and sheriff's deputies, along with
agents from the federal DEA, raided 14 Marijuana dispensaries and
arrested 31 people. San Diego County D.A. Bonnie Dumanis told the press
that state laws governing medical Marijuana were unclear and that the
city had not yet instituted new regulations.
said that she approved of medical Marijuana clubs where patients grow
and use their own Marijuana, but that, darn it all, not one of the 60
or so dispensaries in the county operated that way. Observers marvel at
Dumanis' continued efforts to cast herself as "patient friendly," even
while kicking in doors of dispensaries and providers like Eugene Davidovich,
who would certainly appear to the casual observer to be working within
the guidelines established by California Attorney General Jerry Brown (PDF).
California State Senate recently urged the federal government to stop
DEA raids on medical Marijuana patients and providers. The Sen. Mark
Leno-authored resolution additionally called for the nation to "create
a comprehensive federal medical Marijuana policy that ensures safe and
legal access to any patient that would benefit from it."