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San Diego DA Wants Rewrite Of Medical Marijuana Laws


Aired 12/3/09

The San Diego District Attorney says California needs to revisit the statues that govern medical marijuana. She made her comments, following the acquittal of a marijuana dispensary manager.

— The San Diego District Attorney says California needs to revisit the statues that govern medical marijuana. She gave her comments following the acquittal of a marijuana dispensary manager.

Jovan Jackson was charged with illegal sales of marijuana. He fought the charges, saying he was distributing the drug for medical use, and a jury this week found him not guilty. Following the trial, jurors say they found the law so confusing they couldn't find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says the law needs to be rewritten.

"I think what this case shows us is the legislature needs to act to clarify certain parts of the law," she says.

Jurors said they weren't sure what the law meant by a "medical marijuana cooperative." State law says the cooperatives are allowed to cultivate marijuana and give it to its members. Dumanis says she'll review the Jackson case as she considers charges against other marijuana dispensary managers.

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rasmarcus | December 3, 2009 at 10:13 a.m. ― 7 years ago

We in the MMJ community have known since 1996, we have been on the right side of the law. Dumanis "wants the law changed" and is moving forward with "her own personal desire" and using the most powerful legal position in the County of San Diego to illegally circumvent written law. And the media is backing her up 100%! Reporting Bonnie's story only!

For the other side of the story, which is on the right side of the law, you'll have to read from alternate news sources such as Dave Maass with San Diego CityBeat, San Diego Americans for Safe Access Blog, SoCal Norml Blog, Bonnie D.A.' Mantis Blog, and website

Bonnie has been working on the same goal since the beginning of her "fierce fight", she voices her "issues" with written law repeatedly and then refuses to follow the law as it is currently written, additionally, she will not allow the local county officials to follow the law as it is currently written. Which in itself is illegal, as outlined in the 50+ page report by the San Diego Civil Grand Jury in the 2005 when they investigated the denial of safe access in San Diego County.

Now, the Grand Jury is investigating her again for her "issues".




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SifuJames | December 3, 2009 at 10:52 a.m. ― 7 years ago

She has failed to rewrite the will of the people with blackmail. She has held people's children hostage in CPS until they took a plea. Jovan was the first person who she could not blackmail this way and she tried to ruin his life in many ways but he stood up for his and our rights. Now she has to face the fact that she is WRONG and has always been wrong. When she waisted tax payer money to challenge the law and LOST all the way up to the US supreme court to advance her message of hatred and terror. Well I think it is time for her to stop and step down. Bonnie your personal opinion is in direct conflict to the law and the will of the people. How about we rewrite the law to "If any DA loses a case that involves a medical marijuana patient the DA has to spend 5 years in prison and pay 1 million dollars in restitution" That would be a rewrite I would go for.
You office has a long list of crimal activty Like Mrs. Summers, Medical Marijuana, The raids on Smoke shops and now stealing the last things that the homeless own. You are not a good person.

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jway | December 3, 2009 at 1:56 p.m. ― 7 years ago

Here let me help with that Ms. Dumanis. You take the laws controlling alcohol, cross out the word alcohol every time you see it and replace it with the word marijuana.

There, how long did that take, 30mins max?

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TheKindGardenersCollective | December 4, 2009 at 8:37 a.m. ― 7 years ago

It's hard to admire our otherwise effective, hard-working DA Dumanis, when she makes such utterly nonsensical statements to the press such as the ones above.

Perhaps Ms Dumanis would like to read pages 9 and 10, of the Attorney General Guidelines, which are posted on her office's website:
(see section B/6/C - quoted below )

B. Guidelines for the Lawful Operation of a Cooperative or Collective:
6. Permissible Reimbursements and Allocations: Marijuana grown at a
collective or cooperative for medical purposes may be:
a) Provided free to qualified patients and primary caregivers who are
members of the collective or cooperative;
b) Provided in exchange for services rendered to the entity;
c) Allocated based on fees that are reasonably calculated to cover
overhead costs and operating expenses; or
d) Any combination of the above.

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rasmarcus | December 4, 2009 at 8:50 a.m. ― 7 years ago


Despite the historic verdict on December 01, 2009, the civil rights violations of a US Navy war veteran and the loud message from the jury in the People v. Jackson, the media still supports Bonnie Dumanis, as of 12/03/09. . .

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scottportraits | December 4, 2009 at 3:45 p.m. ― 7 years ago

This whole case reeks of police entrapment, and forged/falsified medical and identity documents. Since when can police act just like criminals so as to frame whoever they don't like ?

Obviously Bonnie Dumanis is an ambitious politician who wants publicity and notoriety. Well, now she has it. And even though she lost the first of about 14 other similar cases, she wants to continue to crusade against cannabis dispensaries.

San Diegans: VOTE "NO" on Bonnie Dumanis next election.

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rasmarcus | December 5, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. ― 7 years ago

Special Meeting with Jackson’s defense attorney K. Lance Rogers

San Diego ASA proudly presents: Lessons Learned, the Jackson Verdict
with K. Lance Rogers, Turner Law Group, APC
on December 8, 2009 @ 7pm sharp!

This event is free, just as the plant should be.

For profit or not, it did not matter on December 1, 2009. In the case of the People vs. Jackson the jury decided “very quickly” and the verdict proves “conclusively” that due to the “medical marijuana affirmative defense“, a jury cannot convict anyone in a collective or cooperative of “selling marijuana” because selling marijuana is not strictly forbidden in the law that allows for an affirmative defense.

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wondernerd | December 6, 2009 at 11:07 a.m. ― 7 years ago

KPBS, Why Don't You Report BOTH Sides Of The Story?

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johndoesmith | December 11, 2009 at 5:04 a.m. ― 6 years, 12 months ago

JWay Wrote:
"Here let me help with that Ms. Dumanis. You take the laws controlling alcohol, cross out the word alcohol every time you see it and replace it with the word marijuana.

There, how long did that take, 30mins max?"

i agree wholeheartedly. i find it hilarious actually. when your watching the news, you never hear "man arrested today for getting stoned and running over 5 people" . you never hear about someone ODing on marijuana and dieing (well, my best friend was a long time marijuana smoker, and he doed of brain cancer at 46 yrs old but the dr couldnt say for sure it was from pot). you know why?...because IT DOESNT HAPPEN. in california, i would personally guesstimate there are more marijuana smokers than drinkers. californias, missing a huge oprotunity to close the gap in the budget if they dont legalize marijuana, im talkin probably a billion+ bucks a year in revenue. personally, i have a perscription, but ive had 3 major back operations, 2 major shoulder operations, operations on both arms ,operation to rebuild one of my eye sockets,ect (i was hit my a car as a pedestrian in 1989 at 65mph), and i take 4 80mg oxycontin a day, and 4 15mg oxycontin IR. there are alot of severely disabled people out there that are plagued daily by major pain. id like to know, what would the DA rather see out on the streets?....someone taking and possessing large amounts of oxycontin, or someone smoking and possessing marijuana? if knowlege serves me correctly, there wasnt a good reason to originally make it illegal anyway. i wonder if someone was to administer a test to everyone on that DAs staff, how many of them would come back positive for marijuana use, among other things.

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