Medical Marijuana Activists to Storm Long Beach City Council Tonight

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The Long Beach City Council is going to get an earful at its meeting tonight, courtesy of angry medical marijuana activists who are still angry at the city's December 2009 raid on dispensaries there. Among the speakers will be attorney Matthew Pappas, who will discuss a recent raid on a client of his that was allegedly conducted without a search warrant. Also to appear will be Charles Monson, a medical marijuana activist and quadriplegic who is demanding Long Beach come clean about how much money the city is wasting on its schizophrenic war on weed, one in which some collectives are raided and their operators jailed while others, who are doing the exact same thing, are receiving city permits and being left unmolested by officials.

Pappas is expected to detail a May 10 raid against the 562 Collective, operated by Katherine Aldridge, who told the Weekly that officers forced their way into the club without a search warrant. Aldridge was not present when the raid occurred, but arrived shortly thereafter. Officers did not arrest Aldridge but did arrest security guard and her cousin who were both working at the club, and charged both men with operating a marijuana collective without a permit.

Aldridge claims that despite having no warrant, police tried to intimidate her into opening her safe so they could examine her records and/or seize cash from the club. "They were trying to railroad me into opening my safe and I said if you don't have a warrant, I'm not doing it," Aldridge said. "Give me a search warrant and I'll open it; if you don't get one, go get a blowtorch and do your thing." Apparently the officers left without opening her safe.

Monson, who was the focus of this 2007 Weekly cover story, is going to demand paperwork from the city to demonstrate how much money and resources was wasted when 120 officers were dispatched to take down dispensaries operated by Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, who unlike everyone else arrested in the raid, were charged a year later with selling marijuana, even though the "sales" in question involved providing cannabis to undercover officers who presented valid doctor's recommendations allowing them to smoke marijuana.

Both Byron and Grumbine face a trial scheduled to begin this month and could spend seven years behind bars if convicted.




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LBGypsy
LBGypsy

Long Beach is gonna go down in flames for all their wrong doings. Wasting tax dollars to shut down businesses designed to help people in need? Nonsense. Go get 'em Joe and Joe!

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Lishu Zheng

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Joe Grumbine
Joe Grumbine

keep your eye on the growing Freedom Rally happening at every meeting, hearing and trial related to cannabis 

Joe Grumbine
Joe Grumbine

This council continues to turn a blind ear to this situation. we need have a continued and growing presence

B.Q.
B.Q.

Nice Nick! Way to show the movement in full "action" mode!

Clawy
Clawy

Just examine the picture Nick chose to use for this article...that should tell you everything you need to know about the 'medical marijuana' movement. 

junior
junior

Hey all you "medical" pot heads!  Do you agree that all dispensaries should be required to be handicap accessible - no pot shops on upper floors with only stairs for access ??

junior
junior

"This council continues to turn a blind ear .."

It is either a "blind eye" or a "deaf ear" - not a combination of both - are you high?

Nschou
Nschou

They're tired from all the protesting!

rsteeb
rsteeb

Everything you NEED to know about medicinal cannabis can be learned by looking up "Storm Crow's List".

Em@n
Em@n

Some buildings are protected because they are historical like the case of The 562 Collective in the Bixby Knolls area. New construction have to have it. Existing building have to be as handicap accessible as possible per ADA. I do know they will cater to you down stairs if you can not make it up the stairs. All you have to do is call when you get there. So really...everyone has access! :)

md92
md92

I beleive that is a building code issue. Not a medical marijuana issue.

junior
junior

Sure ... it is a building code issue which is closely related to the medical pot issue - close enough related to require a state law.  Because there are many existing office buildings which do not have handicap access - and the pot shops are moving into those types of office & retail buildings.

What is the sense of having a "medical" pot dispensary in a building in which the nice little old lady who needs medical marijuana to relieve her glaucoma symptoms and has no access?  We need a state law to make sure that the nice little old lady who needs her medical marijuana to relieve her glaucoma syptoms can get to the pot shop - right?

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