Marijuana War Alive And Well In Dana Point

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Despite this week's news that the federal government is declaring war on medical marijuana dispensaries, an attorney for one such operation that was shuttered by Dana Point officials in March 2011 says his client hasn't given up yet. Jeff Schwartz, who represents Beach City Collectives, which is challenging Dana Point's right to prohibit cannabis clubs, tells the Dana Point Times in an article published today, that the federal crackdown won't stop his client from trying to reopen.

"Given that my client is already closed, the federal government's announcement doesn't really mean anything at this point," Schwartz says. "Our appeals will all go forward...The court has already ruled we cannot open, so we will not open until that ruling is overturned on appeal. And I have no doubt whatsoever that it will be overturned."

Schwartz may be confident in his client's case but since 2009, when Dana Point tried to force Beach Cities Collectives and other dispensaries to hand over medical records for their members, the pro-cannabis crowd's courtroom track record doesn't provide much to be optimistic about.

To wit: in July, a judge ordered the owner of another dispensary, Holistic Health, to pay the city $1.36 million for violating the city's health and safety code. Back in March, similar fines were assessed against both Beach Cities Collective and The Point Alternative Care. Lawsuits filed by Beach Cities Collective and Holistic Health asking for $50 million in damages, have already been dismissed, according to today's Times story.

And just last week, a judge tossed out the appeal of a separate, unsuccessful lawsuit filed by Malinda Traudt, a blind, wheelchair-bound woman who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Meanwhile, Dana Point taxpayers have already forked over roughly $500,000 in legal bills (as of this past summer) and who knows how much more money will pay for future courtroom wrangling. Given Obama's apparent hard-on for alleged weed profiteers, whatever the final outcome of this courtroom clusterf&$k, the city could have saved a lot of cash by just waiting for the feds to seize the shops and lock up the owners on drug charges.
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HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Notice how GW pharmaceuticals patented a formula with marijuana's active ingredient, THC, and plan to sell their medicine (Marinol, or is it Sativex?) in the US, but marijuana which contains compounds (CBD) which actually moderate THC's effects and for example reduce anxiety is illegal?  That's like selling caffeine in pharmacies but outlawing coffee.  And the winner is.... Big Pharma and Law Enforcement.  The losers?  Everybody else.

Zak
Zak

Well it's time to repeal the law anyway, it's been a failure, lesson learned we can't legalize drugs it's been abused by anyone who wants to get high.

hppyhippi
hppyhippi

Humans have always used pot since prehistoric times, this country was founded by pot growers named Washington and Jefferson. Pot is almost always medical, when people don't need it, they stop using it. Pot addresses a variety of human needs from everyday stress to cancer to alzheimers. Essentially, pot is a wonder drug much like aspirine but more fun. The hard truth the pot warriors don't want to know is that POT IS GOOD FOR YOU.

The only crime here is the crime against freedom and a crime against humanity, which pot prohibition represents. It is amazing how intellectually dishonest the anti pot people actually are. Brainwashed morons should note that all the children at the Montessori School, are and will remain, just fine. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars chasing pot users and suppliers. Better to have it all out in the open, paying taxes to the cities!!!!

Psssst, meet me in the alley, ok?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

The Malinda Traudt story is especially sad given that it wasn't a dispensary that was hurt; it was a little sick girl in a wheelchair. 

mitch young
mitch young

You know who they should shut down? Beach Cities Pizza -- $25.00 for a plain cheese pie, ridiculous.

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

Typical government. They can use tax payer dollars to grow and distribute marijuana (the governemt has been dispensing marijuana since 1996) to people but the states can not regulate their own marijuana laws. Crooked, Crooked government.

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