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San Diego Police Close 14 Marijuana Dispensaries


Aired 9/10/09

The San Diego District Attorney today says police raided and shut down 14 medical marijuana operations, suspected of criminal drug sales.

— The San Diego District Attorney today said police raided and shut down 14 medical marijuana operations, suspected of criminal drug sales.

The San Diego Police Department raided 14 distributors and six houses, seizin...
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Above: The San Diego Police Department raided 14 distributors and six houses, seizing marijuana, $70,000 in cash and six guns.

The San Diego Police Department raided 14 distributors and six houses, seizin...

Above: The San Diego Police Department raided 14 distributors and six houses, seizing marijuana, $70,000 in cash and six guns.

The police undercover operation resulted in about 30 arrests of people operating businesses that claimed to be providing medical marijuana. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says, in fact, the 14 raided dispensaries were working well outside the law.

"These so-called businesses are not legal," she said. "They appear to be run by drug dealers who see an opening in the market and a way to make a fast buck."

California law requires people to get medicinal marijuana though non-profit cooperative groups, and for-profit sales are illegal. But Dumanis says the records at one dispensary showed $700,000 in sales in just six months. Dumanis says she is not aware of any legally-run marijuana dispensaries in San Diego, despite media reports that some have received permits. Charges are expected to be filed tomorrow.

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Edward | September 10, 2009 at 6:26 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I think the DA's office and the City simply doesn't want to admit defeat. The US Supreme Court has already refused to hear the county's case in which it tried to get the law allowing medical marijuana overturned in federal courts.

So what if a dispensary showed sales of $700,000 in six month? What was the dispensary's profits, if that's what makes it illegal. Most of that probably covers the cost of the product, it is usually high-grade cannabis. Also, high salaries for workers / staff is allowable; otherwise, there's a lot of non-profits violating the law, and in any case is not profit status an IRS issue?

Most of these business were probably only technically breaking the law, and by that I mean they are only "illegal" because they cannot actually follow state law when some of the regs they need to meet can only be met once the county and city has established proper procedures for the running of the dispensaries, ones which the county and city are required by the state to established. Of course SD could be like Sac, which uses a loophole in city code to deem dispensaries illegal; the rule states that if a business’ use is not specifically permitted under code, it’s by default banned, and since medical marijuana dispensaries are not permitted, they are banned.

For a good story on Sac medical marijuana dispensaries and others in the Bay area that are trying to work w/in the law go to:

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Donna_Lambert | September 18, 2009 at 12:27 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I would like to address some propaganda and misstatements that are regularly put out in order to legitimize the illegal harassment of medical marijuana patients and the medical marijuana community at large.

1) Most of the people who speak out against medical marijuana are receiving grants from either the County of San Diego or from pharmaceutical funded "anti-drug" groups whose sole purpose is to prevent access to medical marijuana as prescribed by law.

2)Marijuana has many well known medical effects, of which there are dozens of studies on the internet, most often done in Europe where the pharmaceutical companies do not control the government, as they clearly do in America.

3)It is easy for a local government official to make a statement that is a total lie, such as "they were making a profit" or "they were selling outside their collective". The general public then accepts it. From my personal experience, I can tell you these are boldface lies, and people should question everything they read or hear. The reality is that the government obtains valid medical recommendations and then joins the collectives. Also, all "non-profits" are allowed to make money to pay for overhead, expenses, salaries and the like. If someone was not open long enough to pay their taxes to the state (which does issue medical marijuana sellers tax permits), how can the county come in and slander people this way?

4)A majority of voters passed prop 215, 13 years ago, legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. In 1994, the legislature, with sb420 provided exemption for sales and all sales related charges. The senate bill archives state that the intention of sb420 is to facilitate the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana for medical use. This law states that we are allowed to "collectively associate" for this purpose.

5)The previous administration wanted to use San Diego as a staging ground to try and overturn state law. Political promises were made.

6)San Diego has wasted millions of your taxpayer money in an effort to turn over medical marijuana laws, simply because this is a plant with real value, and would cut into pharmaceutical company profits

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Donna_Lambert | September 18, 2009 at 12:42 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

7)I am almost 50 years old. I have no criminal record. I was tricked into helping another legally valid medical marijuana patient who happened to be an undercover cop, who at the direction of the district attorneys office in San Diego, went and lied to a doctor about his symptoms to obtain a valid recommendation, then spent months, and (from my estimate) over 2 million dollars of YOUR HARD EARNED TAX MONEY, entrapped as many people as they could in the medical marijuana community. This was last February, prior to these store raids, and I am still stumbling through their court system. They then committed a swat style raid (75k for just my house)stormed my home, pointed assault rifles at me, destroyed my home, took me to jail, are dragging me through the court system (even though the courts are supposedly broke and have to close one day a week. (I have no criminal record and I am facing day to day life threatening illness. At this time, part of my liver is "nodulated", the other part enlarged. I need to call the doctor to schedule what will almost for sure be my 3rd skin cancer surgery.) If they want to send me off to prison, to prove a point, will the taxpayers pick up the tab for my liver transplant? I have spent my life following the law. And now I am caught in the middle of a POLITICAL firestorm, the depths to which I could not even comprehend before my arrest. My trial is set for December 7, 2009 (At taxpayer expense)If they put me in jail, will they guarantee me the proper medical care? My immune system is virtually non-existent from the chemotherapy and the sjoegrens disease. And by the way, I do not believe I did anything wrong. I helped another patient.
Profit?? Interesting. The judge at my preliminary hearing stated that I was clearly not in it for profit. So please call the DA and ask why is Donna Lambert being put on trial for 7 felonies if the judge ruled she was not in it for profit and they want to claim profit is the issue with these stores, the cannot have it both ways. If you would like to begin to read about my story google "Donna Lambert San Diego", look up "Drug sting no military ties". You will begin to see the pattern of lies. If you would like to see the chaos of miscommunication of politicians in this city, look at the you tube channel sandiego420watch.
Just want to get high? - hmm - Guess the Hep C, Cirrhosis,Cancer,chemotherapy, sjoegrens disease and the injuries from the car accident I was in did not stop the DA from trying to get the judge to throw out my medical marijuana status so that they could try me as a common drug dealer. (This is standard in all medical marijuana cases.) Fortunately, they did not succeed.
It is not the fault of a collective operator if government agents lie to doctors (medical fraud) and presented themselves as legitimate patients in need of finding a collective to join.

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rasmarcus | December 3, 2009 at 10:07 a.m. ― 7 years, 3 months ago


As we in the MMJ community already knew, 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 circumvent the 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 the same issues...



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rasmarcus | December 7, 2009 at 11:06 a.m. ― 7 years, 3 months ago

There are many reasons to NOT Re-Elect Bonnie Dumanis as San Diego County District Attorney... Take a look...

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