Santa Ana PD Detains Dozens of Dispensary Employees and Patrons

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An eerily empty dispensary...

They didn't take money or marijuana--they took people. On the afternoon of July 31, and well into the evening, Santa Ana Police Department raided ("attacked," according to some) dispensaries, detaining and processing approximately 80 dispensary owners, employees, and medical marijuana patients. They were taken via paddy wagon to the county jail.

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That afternoon at around 2 p.m., Mike and Scott (who asked to be identified only by their first names) were in Aloha CCA, a nondescript dispensary holed away in a professional building on 17th St. They were startled by approximately 15 policemen who came in to detain all parties present. The police proceeded to cuff everyone, informing them that they would be processed and fingerprinted for a municipal code violation that they equated to a traffic ticket.

Upon arriving at the jail, Mike and Scott were placed, alongside many other detainees, in a holding cell. Like most holding cells, it was small: a posted maximum occupancy of 8 was on the wall. Both men have told the Weekly that there were at least 20 and as many as 40 people cramped within this cell. Mike went in without a fuss, although his heart condition was reportedly ignored by the officers. Scott has a history of claustrophobia, and voiced this to the officer. She proceeded to place him in an isolated cell.

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"The officer in charge of the floor...was trying to stuff us into a room that had maximum occupancy of 8 labeled on the door," recounted Scott. "And it was, like, 20 people in there. And I said, you know, "I'm not comfortable going in there because the occupancy is lower than what you already have in there. And I have an issue with claustrophobia." And she goes, "that's cool," and she threw me in a cell and I was locked in the cell for eight fuckin' hours. By myself."

The Santa Ana City Council recently voted to give the police department $500,000 in order to shut down the present cadre of dab bars and other illegally operating dispensaries. This move was denounced by activists and politicians alike: the methodology used to determine the locations to target was inconsistent, with one lawyer pointedly remarking that the city is simply wasting money by proceeding this way.

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ExCalifornian
ExCalifornian

Oh but I thought Californians were in love with their "almost illegal" "all use medical regime". They always keep saying "don't legalize, we like it the way it is. Just get a medical card!". How is that working for you lately, California? Still think legalization is not cool enough for you?

alohacca
alohacca

Thank you for the info Steven!

alohacca
alohacca

Thanks for the info Steven

alohacca
alohacca

Thanks for the info steven

Sebastian Torres
Sebastian Torres

Moving out of the Communist Republic of California and I am looking forward to it.

Kevin J Drake
Kevin J Drake

They need to be sued for wrongful detention, harassment and theft. This is a huge violation of our civil rights as laid out in the Constitution. They are not following the laws and are not serving "The People" anymore. "To Protect and to Serve" is supposed to be about us (the civilians) but they think it means to protect and serve the government so they can imprison more people which in turn makes money off of those inmates when they are used for slave labor. They aren't cops anymore, they are cogs in the corporate slave labor machine.

Ray Chel
Ray Chel

no they took money i went in there with $510 and they gave me back $210 in a check and i was detained for 16 hours just for a citation so my phone was dead and all my money i had was on a check and they gave me back less than half of my money! i wasnt the only one who was missing money when we were released! no they didnt take anything in the collective money or medicine

Chris Roth
Chris Roth

I would be organizing a class action lawsuit against Santa Ana if I was detained by these fascist pigs

Christopher Lyon
Christopher Lyon

Alrighty then, cheers for the "black market" street seller...business will be booming!!

steven_simpson
steven_simpson

For those persons detained during the July 31 action by the Santa Ana police, I suggest you explore with the American Civil Liberties Union what its take is on the treatment you received. The ACLU might just want to initiate action against the city of Santa Ana. I understand their nearest office is located here:


ACLU of Southern California

Executive Director: Hector Villagra

1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles CA 90017

Phone: (213) 977-9500


Web: http://www.aclusocal.org

LBCityGirl
LBCityGirl

How does HIPAA play into this? It seems patient rights have been violated.


Despite the continued demonization of marijuana by the law enforcement community and right wing nut-nuts, the truth is that we do have state laws allowing for patient use of medical marijuana.

...... I always read people whining about how "healthy" the patients look who come out of dispensaries...... but that rather begs the question: WHY do they look so healthy?

Perhaps because medical marijuana truly works?

Incidentally, there are many illnesses that you cannot identify that a person has merely by looking at them. Cancer, HIV, and misc. other silent disorders come to mind. It really is no one else's business if a person chooses to medicate with LEGAL medication.


Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Waste of tax money and unreasonable search and seizure

Neena Yuez
Neena Yuez

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argentator
argentator

Oh my God - I haven't read an article in OC Weekly that has made me so very happy in a long, long time.  Ha Ha Ha Ha - Round these little weasels up  and get them started with a record.  Ha Ha Ha Ha.  I can't contain my happiness at hearing this stuff.  It made my day.  Thanks OC Weekly.

Zac Hernandez
Zac Hernandez

Ha. This is ridiculous. I know those guys and they are good guys. Some of the nicest guys you will ever meet running a clinic. So sad that even though the state of California ruled for dispensaries they are still being screwed with. There is so many other clinics operating illegally. These guys were probably one of the only ones in compliance. These guys are compassionate peeps. This is the police state we are turning into.

Yessy GBay
Yessy GBay

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Rene Ruiz
Rene Ruiz

Sorry! I'm not happy either, They hit mine to!

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

This November elections vote for people for marijuana reform

jturner1113
jturner1113

Recall Election for the ignorant  members of the city council. They don't realize or maybe they do!!! that they are just making the gangs stronger by Giving the gangs back the marijuana business. How stupid I hope everyone arrested especially patients sue Santa Ana

Kevin J Drake
Kevin J Drake

Both Costa Mesa and Santa Ana have their heads in their asses when it comes to marijuana (Medical or Recreational) as it could be a huge tax revenue for both cities. But if they want them gone, illegally detaining patients is the wrong fucking way to do it. If they didn't want the Rite Aid in their neighborhood would they send a gang of thugs into the pharmacy and "detain" all those who were waiting in line to get their Viagra and Valtrex? Didn't think so... the cops and city counsel are playing dirty.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

So if anyone just walked into the dispensary they got arrested? That is like what the nazis or comunist would do.

grvz5247
grvz5247

What code was broken and i'm sure that what ever the cops made up it cant justify putting people in jail. Also putting to many people in jail is a violation that could cause death if there was an emergency. Those cops that put to many people in a cell should be fired because if there was an emergency and people died the city would be sued for millions. its best that those cops be fired before they cost the city millions of dollars in the future.

Kristal Vinous
Kristal Vinous

Wow the title through me off and thought the dispensary kidnapped -.- I'm completely against police raids of any sort. They've gone over their purpose of protecting the streets.

Francisco Barrera
Francisco Barrera

its only obvious that they didn't fill the quota for the month that's why they arrested all those people.

Nicholas Schou
Nicholas Schou

You are correct, sir, except he's not getting paid enough to write on weekdays either.

Steve York
Steve York

Or let's be honest, you've delegated all of OC Weekly's weed writing to some intern and he isn't getting paid enough to post on the weekend?

Nicholas Schou
Nicholas Schou

Sorry you feel let down amigo. Thanks for reading!

Steve York
Steve York

Verify names on a story with two guys identified only by their first names? Right. Not even a quick weekend blurb warning that Santa Ana escalated from ticket to random patrons were being taken away in paddy wagons?

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

If they close down a strip club they don't arrest all the bartenders and customers.

Vik Ta Mon
Vik Ta Mon

Outrageous! Stand for your rights Larry Rivas .

Thomas Arcala
Thomas Arcala

boooooo.....we are doing nothing wrong. we have the recommendation of our doctors to consume the medically necessary medicine. I have sciatica and it causes me to not be able to sleep very well. I went to Rascal's and got some cannibutter, made some brownies. Ate 2 of them and slept for 8 hours without pain. These guys are wasting money and resources. WE the people shall overcome.

Brian Todd Hansel
Brian Todd Hansel

Both sides of this issue can be viewed as ridiculous depending on the circumstances.

Sergio Rangel
Sergio Rangel

TammieCrystal Fonté please stop dry snitching. Dab smoke is not what is sending police out. Its the city council

Ruby Dighero
Ruby Dighero

In order to be prop 215 compliant, you must possess a 501c-3 better known as a not for profit license. So in theory, these shouldn't be considered business in the traditional sense. Furthermore, concentrated medical marijuana is still a gray area in terms of the law. "Dabbing" on private property in it of itself isn't illegal if everyone involved is medically recommended and licensed. To be detained for mearly being a patient has some legal standing in regards to wrongful arrest litigation against the city. Though employees who work for said pharmacy have none if not properly credentialed and licensed. Just saying.

Nicholas Schou
Nicholas Schou

Sorry, but we take the time to check facts, verify names, interview people, then publish. We're still following up and will have more articles coming out. If you have any relevant or useful info, please share.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@LBCityGirl Don't think HIPAA applies as marijuana is federally illegal and has no valid medical use under federal law.

Treeby
Treeby

but if they don't use their budget, they cant increase it next year. Sometimes people need to be jailed for the budget. 

alohacca
alohacca

I'm "mike" from the article. Come see if I'm real buddy.. 1615 n french st suite 101 santa ana 92701 I met for over an hour with the writer.. So did scotty

LBCityGirl
LBCityGirl

@vegandawg23 @LBCityGirl Indeed. 


That is an interesting point. It does bring up the States' Rights vs. the Federal Government's Rights argument. Many Republicans are "for" States' Rights.

Considering the national trend, it is likely a short time until Federal Law approves the use of medical marijuana, if not even the recreational use of it as some states already have done.


I personally think it is time for the Federal government to legalize marijuana completely.

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