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Mr.Nipples
11-17-2009, 01:31 PM
you will be destroyed motherfucker


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/11/da-will-prosecute-dispensaries-even-if-la-does-not-ban-sales.html


D.A. will prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries -- even if L.A. does not ban sales [Updated]
November 17, 2009 | 12:00 pm
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said today he will prosecute dispensaries that sell medical marijuana even if the Los Angeles City Council adopts an ordinance that does not ban such sales.

On Monday, two council committees rejected the city attorney’s advice and changed a provision in the proposed ordinance, allowing cash transactions as long as they complied with state law.

“Undermining those laws via their ordinance powers is counterproductive, and, quite frankly, we’re ignoring them. They are absolutely so irrelevant it’s not funny,” Cooley said.

Cooley said state law and state court decisions have made it clear that collectives cannot sell marijuana at dispensaries.

He reiterated his view that most, if not all, dispensaries in the county were in violation of the law. “We don’t know of one that’s not engaging in just over-the-counter sales,” he said.
The district attorney said his office was already prosecuting some dispensaries, and he promised to step up efforts next month. Cooley said he decided to weigh in today because he was irritated that the council had ignored the advice of the city attorney, Carmen Trutanich.

“What the City Council is doing is beyond meaningless and irrelevant,” he said.

The district attorney’s view could complicate the City Council’s deliberations. The council is scheduled to consider the ordinance Wednesday, more than four years after it first began to study the issue of dispensaries.

“These guys over there, God love them, are four years into this, and they won’t listen to their good lawyer,” Cooley said. “They’re sort of doing their own thing.”

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.: Councilman Ed Reyes, who has overseen the development of the city’s ordinance, said he did not think Cooley’s comments would cause the council to rethink whether to allow sales. “This is not about Cooley versus Reyes, or Cooley versus the council. This is about the quality of life. We all have better things to do than to do this legal jousting,” he said.

Reyes said the law was not clear on the issue. “We’ll let the courts decide,” he said. “We are trying our very best to work with a system that is very vague at this moment.”

He also noted that Cooley and Trutanich were allies and that both spoke at a training session for narcotics officers focused on eradicating dispensaries. “We’re here to serve the people, not to serve each other’s political agenda,” he said. “It makes no sense to play political football with people’s lives.”

Once the council acts on the issue, Reyes said, “We expect the city attorney to vigorous defend our medical marijuana ordinance.”]

-- John Hoeffel

stuporfly
11-17-2009, 01:34 PM
Steve Cooley needs to lighten up and be a bit more like his uncle Mel.

http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/d/Richard%20Deacon/Deacon%20portrait.BMP

captncrzy
11-17-2009, 01:50 PM
Well, that was fun while it lasted.

bobert
11-17-2009, 01:58 PM
Yeah, my friend just forwarded me that article. The guy is a blowhard of astronomical proportions - really fancies himself as some kind of modern-day Elliot Ness. If there's any sort of justice in this world this whole crusade will blow up in his face big-time. He's severely underestimating how many people are getting their marijuana through these dispensaries, either on their own or having their card-carrying friends buy for them. That's the kind of luxury people won't give up easily. There will be riots.

leo01g
11-17-2009, 02:07 PM
Hmn, I get my weed from a friend who works at a dispensary. Let's see what happens next

Young blood
11-17-2009, 02:08 PM
VIVA MEXICAN CARTELS!

daftmonkey64
11-17-2009, 02:35 PM
Yeah, my friend just forwarded me that article. The guy is a blowhard of astronomical proportions - really fancies himself as some kind of modern-day Elliot Ness. If there's any sort of justice in this world this whole crusade will blow up in his face big-time. He's severely underestimating how many people are getting their marijuana through these dispensaries, either on their own or having their card-carrying friends buy for them. That's the kind of luxury people won't give up easily. There will be riots.

that would be the laziest riot ever.

leo01g
11-17-2009, 02:41 PM
VIVA MEXICAN CARTELS!

Seriously. Club weed is good but fuck having to pay 4 bills for an ounce of og

kroqken
11-17-2009, 03:00 PM
you will be destroyed motherfucker


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/11/da-will-prosecute-dispensaries-even-if-la-does-not-ban-sales.html


D.A. will prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries -- even if L.A. does not ban sales [Updated]
November 17, 2009 | 12:00 pm
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said today he will prosecute dispensaries that sell medical marijuana even if the Los Angeles City Council adopts an ordinance that does not ban such sales.

On Monday, two council committees rejected the city attorney’s advice and changed a provision in the proposed ordinance, allowing cash transactions as long as they complied with state law.

“Undermining those laws via their ordinance powers is counterproductive, and, quite frankly, we’re ignoring them. They are absolutely so irrelevant it’s not funny,” Cooley said.

Cooley said state law and state court decisions have made it clear that collectives cannot sell marijuana at dispensaries.

He reiterated his view that most, if not all, dispensaries in the county were in violation of the law. “We don’t know of one that’s not engaging in just over-the-counter sales,” he said.
The district attorney said his office was already prosecuting some dispensaries, and he promised to step up efforts next month. Cooley said he decided to weigh in today because he was irritated that the council had ignored the advice of the city attorney, Carmen Trutanich.

“What the City Council is doing is beyond meaningless and irrelevant,” he said.

The district attorney’s view could complicate the City Council’s deliberations. The council is scheduled to consider the ordinance Wednesday, more than four years after it first began to study the issue of dispensaries.

“These guys over there, God love them, are four years into this, and they won’t listen to their good lawyer,” Cooley said. “They’re sort of doing their own thing.”

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.: Councilman Ed Reyes, who has overseen the development of the city’s ordinance, said he did not think Cooley’s comments would cause the council to rethink whether to allow sales. “This is not about Cooley versus Reyes, or Cooley versus the council. This is about the quality of life. We all have better things to do than to do this legal jousting,” he said.

Reyes said the law was not clear on the issue. “We’ll let the courts decide,” he said. “We are trying our very best to work with a system that is very vague at this moment.”

He also noted that Cooley and Trutanich were allies and that both spoke at a training session for narcotics officers focused on eradicating dispensaries. “We’re here to serve the people, not to serve each other’s political agenda,” he said. “It makes no sense to play political football with people’s lives.”

Once the council acts on the issue, Reyes said, “We expect the city attorney to vigorous defend our medical marijuana ordinance.”]

-- John Hoeffel

That is what Los Angeles County gets for electing a Republican district attorney. It does not surprise me. I wish local elections were partisan instead of nonpartisan. If people knew Cooley was a Republican, he NEVER would have been elected. I hate the late California governor Hiram Johnson for killing off partisan primaries on the west coast as part of the "progressive" movement.

JustSteve
11-17-2009, 03:32 PM
and how many of these dispensaries are actually on the up and up? guessing there are a ton who are pocketing a shitload of money illegally.

kroqken
11-17-2009, 03:33 PM
Marijuana needs to be legalized, regulated, zoned and taxed and sold only to adults.

JebusLives
11-17-2009, 04:20 PM
Marijuana needs to be legalized, regulated, zoned and taxed and sold only to adults.

yeah, that'll work just as well as restricting cigs and booze. How about instead we come up with sensible rules like "don't go to school or work while high"? Yeah, I know. I'm dreaming.

gaypalmsprings
11-17-2009, 04:20 PM
http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/4823317/enema-main_Full.jpg

Suffacated
11-17-2009, 04:44 PM
QUOTE]Steve Cooley Can Suck The Shit Straight From My Colon[/QUOTE]

Like this?

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/carlsbadman/steering-committee.jpg

kroqken
11-17-2009, 04:48 PM
yeah, that'll work just as well as restricting cigs and booze. How about instead we come up with sensible rules like "don't go to school or work while high"? Yeah, I know. I'm dreaming.

No one should drive under the influence of pot, just like for alcohol.

vinylmartyr
11-17-2009, 04:48 PM
The cats already out the bag. They can't put it back in.

kroqken
11-17-2009, 04:48 PM
QUOTE]Steve Cooley Can Suck The Shit Straight From My Colon

Like this?

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f160/carlsbadman/steering-committee.jpg[/QUOTE]

Someone should put that on Youporn.

bobert
11-17-2009, 04:49 PM
and how many of these dispensaries are actually on the up and up? guessing there are a ton who are pocketing a shitload of money illegally.

Well, according to the DA, all of them are. Cooley's interpretation of California's medical marijuana laws are predictably narrow. His argument is that the law provides protection for licensed "caregivers" to provide "care" for a limited number of patients. For instance, a licensed caregiver could be providing medical marijuana to a dozen patients and would be allowed to grow and harvest an amount of marijuana consistent with the needs of those patients. Any profit generated by the caregiver would be a violation of state law. By this standard, any dispensary that provides marijuana over-the-counter in exchange for money is violating the law.

kroqken
11-17-2009, 04:51 PM
Well, according to the DA, all of them are. Cooley's interpretation of California's medical marijuana laws are predictably narrow. His argument is that the law provides protection for licensed "caregivers" to provide "care" for a limited number of patients. For instance, a licensed caregiver could be providing medical marijuana to a dozen patients and would be allowed to grow and harvest an amount of marijuana consistent with the needs of those patients. Any profit generated by the caregiver would be a violation of state law. By this standard, any dispensary that provides marijuana over-the-counter in exchange for money is violating the law.

Cooley should be recalled if he proceeds with his announced plans. Too bad there is no grounds for disbarrment.

humanoid
11-17-2009, 10:09 PM
and how many of these dispensaries are actually on the up and up? guessing there are a ton who are pocketing a shitload of money illegally.

unfortunately a lot of them that I have known have been shady...I've known a bunch of people that have run or worked at several different dispensaries and they have all conducted side business and very loosely followed the law

those types are going to keep setting back the efforts for actual legalization of medical for people that truly need it which is terribly unfortunate

kroqken
11-18-2009, 07:08 PM
I heard some dispensaries have been robbed at gunpoint. That sucks.

Boourns
11-18-2009, 10:05 PM
D.A. Harvey Dent, even after he got burned and went nuts > D.A. Steve Cooley