State Farm Insurance Not Liable For Some Dude's Stolen Pot

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Guess what, stoners?

If the cops come and raid your house, find a whole bunch of weed growing on your property and seize all that ganja, don't bother trying to file an insurance claim for the missing marijuana. Just ask Costa Mesa resident Greg Barnett, whose house was raided by city cops back in 2007. They confiscated 12 pot plants growing in his backyard, according to a Nov. 1 story in the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.

After the cops, who never charged him with a crime, destroyed his plants, he filed a $98,000 claim with State Farm General Insurance Company, which rejected it, leading to his lawsuit that was just shut down by California's Fourth District Court of Appeals.

Apparently, Barnett didn't only try to get paid by State Farm for the seized weed, but also sought to get his plants back too. In 2008, he filed an Orange County Superior Court motion in an effort to force the Costa Mesa Police Department to hand back the pot, but the court denied his claim and the cops promptly destroyed the plants. When State Farm rejected his insurance claim, he tried to sue the company, claiming that his policy covered any property stolen from his residence. But a trial judge denied that argument, saying the cops were within their rights to take the marijuana.

This week's appeals court ruling pretty much ends that story, although the judge's ruling seems to leave unclear the question of whether Barnett would have had a case if common criminals had stolen the weed in question. In any case, for now the takeaway for State Farm's 420-friendly customers is that if you lose your weed, State Farm ain't there.



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arron bond
arron bond

Thebenefits of orange county insurance can also be used to for other factors like continuepaying bills for the family needs. All in all insurance benefits could also actas sources of inheritance. 

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Briansays
Briansays

guy i know in costa mesa has had a medical card for over a decadecops confiscated his plants from his condo balcony after a neighbor ratted him outhe went to court and the judge ordered the plants returnedthis was over a decade ago and i suspect things getting more restrictivehis main problem then was other neighbors climbing over his balcony and doing some pruning for samples when he was out

wzmon
wzmon

lol, thos eripoff insurance companies will do anything to get out of having to actuall pay..total-anon.at.tc

hippieland
hippieland

If he had a medical marijuana card he was within his right to own it. The cops illegally seized the marijuana which is theft. And being theft it was covered by the by the owners theft insurance.. It is the cops and the judges fault for not seeing it.Time to take it to a higher court.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

There are happy stories of police/sheriff depts returning illegally seized cannabis.  I believe Joe Grumbine got a few pounds back. 

Speaking of Joe, any news from the pre-trial?

Pinkzebraface
Pinkzebraface

Doesn't say anything about having a medical card, so it wasn't an illegal seizure.

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