Medical Marijuana Activists to Storm Long Beach City Council Tonight
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.