California Attorney General Tells Police to Uphold Medical Marijuana Laws

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Ten years after the passage of Proposition 215, California Attorney General Jerry Brown has finally clarified that law-enforcement must respect the state’s medical marijuana law:

California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued long-awaited guidelines on medical marijuana today with support from advocates and law enforcement alike. The guidelines direct law enforcement on how to approach encounters with medical marijuana patients and establish a road map for local police policies. However, more significantly, the guidelines provide recommendations for operating medical marijuana dispensaries in accordance with state law.

The guidelines firmly establish that as long as patients and caregivers are abiding by local and state laws, they "should be released" from police custody and "the marijuana should not be seized." In the event that medical marijuana is wrongfully seized from a patient or caregiver, and the court orders its return, the guidelines state that police "must return the property." Affirming that California's medical marijuana law is not preempted by federal law, the Attorney General further directs "state and local law enforcement officers [to] not arrest individuals or seize marijuana under federal law" when an individual's conduct is legal under state law. [Americans for Safe Access]

While Prop. 215 has gone a long way towards protecting the medical marijuana community from harassment by state law-enforcement, there have been continuing regional problems such as unjustified confiscation of medicine. The new guidelines should remind police that their duty is to uphold the law, not circumvent it.
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thoughts on brain washing

It is quite telling that this pronouncement took 10 years to occur. It is another indicator of just how well brain washing works. For many decades the lies have been repeated over and over again and have resulted in brain washed individuals believing them. As a 62 year old I have witnessed this long "drug war" prohibition and now I can finally see first hand how society can be manipulated. The scary realization is how the same process (multiplied many times) perpetuates other lies such as the numerous superstitions (called religions) around the world. Yes folks, the same process that keeps people saying that marijuana is a gateway drug will also keep people saying that they are going to go somewhere after they die to have cotton candy with Jesus or repeating whatever other fairy tale their particular brain-washers endowed them with.

It seems that we cannot think for ourselves. When our first 20 years are mainly an indoctrination into the beliefs of our ancestors we are on track to repeat and repeat and repeat. Sometimes free-thinkers have an influence but not often enough. The masses simply repeat.

Please think about this in November. At least try to realize how brain-washed you actually are.

Sam Sharp

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I think the California Attorney General knows how valuable medical marijuana is to the state. This experiement with licenses and dispensaries could be the start of a very profitable future for California. This could also lead to migration and increased tourism to boost the state. Imagine when people eventually all realize that marijuana is not the devil, there will be numerous legitimate opportunities to the economy, from retail to farmers... and everywhere in between. While the Federal Government wants more of the sink hole past, California has a good head start to a green future. And we all know what happened to Florida oranges or Idaho potatos.

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