Marla James <s..firstname.lastname@example.org> Sep 28 06:18AM -0700
My ADA case which looks like it will be going to the Supreme Court in about
a year or so covers this issue. The Congress did legalize medical marijuana
in DC and California had to decriminalize it.
Also all the cities, including Los Angeles, did not follow the chain of
command when it came to calling in the DEA. We will be filing suit against
Anaheim either today or Monday on this. Municipalities are suppose to
contact the State Attorney prior to calling in the DEA, and the state and
only the state should contact the Feds.
On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM, LANNYSWERDLOW <s..email@example.com
Bud <s..firstname.lastname@example.org> Sep 28 11:51AM -0700
This doesn't answer your question, but it's an authoritative approach to
framing the legal issues:
On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM, LANNYSWERDLOW <s..email@example.com
"Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur" <s..firstname.lastname@example.org> Sep 28 07:48PM -0700
I think pappas law group tried to adress this?
On Sep 27, 2012 8:30 PM, "LANNYSWERDLOW" <s..email@example.com>
"Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur" <s..firstname.lastname@example.org> Sep 28 07:36PM -0700
So a few advocates Called to see if it was our CENTER that paddy wagons and
cops ect were arresting folks, no, we were all.back home and relaxing
exhausted, from our event. Then we heard SPARC had been broken into?? Our
neighbor told us that they arrested guys that looked like football players,
as many as ten police cars,.each.report gets crazier, last one was the
robbers tripped their silent alarms. All I can say is were all fine, we
live pretty simple , next door /Sparc is a well gaurded fortress, they
might have been able to be clever enough to get in,almost certian they
wouldnt be able to get out,with any of Erich money, and I hope none of his
secret service guards were harmed by the bandits, they all.seem nice. But
truly I have no idea whats occured or anything. Funny one was someone said
didnt you catch it on your cameras, come on people, the cameras arent ours.
We dont have anything to steal.
Weed Activist <s..email@example.com> Sep 27 11:13PM -0700
Why I am a weed activist…<http://weedactivist.com/why-i-am-a-weed-activist/>
September 28, 2012 *in I Like
, Mass Incarceration <http://weedactivist.com/category/mass-incarceration/>
, Weed Activism <http://weedactivist.com/category/weed-activism/>,
It is not like I woke up one day and decided I wanted to spend the rest of
my life fighting for cannabis freedom (I hope not). My involvement with
cannabis goes back decades. it was love at first puff. I remember the
overwhelming sensation and the way it put my busy mind at ease. It was like
I was finally home.
I was a ripe age of twelve standing by the creek behind my house with my
best friend. We scored some weed from an older kid, and rolled our first
poorly crafted joint, with two papers for good measure. I remember
instantly the change of hemisphere for me. I was a Ritalin baby, so for me,
cannabis helped me to slow down and appreciate life a little more. But I
knew at that instance that weed was a good thing for me, and that I would
seek it out for the rest of my life.
I also was a terrible drinker. I spent many years trying to find a way to
make the devil’s kool-aid work for me, but alas, it was not meant to be.
After innumerable issues and arrests for drinking too much, or doing
some dumb stuff while I was drinking too much, I decided that booze just
was not for me.
Weed has never created those types of issues for me. Weed has always been a
positive in my life and has helped me to become a better person. It has
allowed me to explore parts of my imagination and existence that I would
likely have not even noticed. Weed can help me find my center, or it can
help me to find a separation between myself and the hectic world.
The reality is that I did not choose to be a weed activist….weed chose me
to be an activist for justice and morality.
You see, I love weed. I love it as an enjoyable resource. i love it as a
medicine. I love it as a spiritual and meditative force. But more than all
of that, I hate injustice and immorality. The fact that we continue to take
people to jail in an act of mass incarceration in this country is
deplorable. It sickens me. We have used one of the greatest plants that the
good lord ever created as a whipping post for mostly poor and mostly
minority people who are victims of our nation’s disastrous war on drugs.
Maybe you have never been in a jail. I have. It is depressing. The fact is
that there are A LOT of people there for weed and other drugs. We have
created a lucrative black market and have created an unprecedented level of
income inequality, and we wonder why poor people turn to selling drugs to
get by. They then become easy prey for the industrial prison complex to
suck into their system with draconian mandatory minimum sentences, often
for decades…for crimes that have no real victims. We have created an
environment that harvests crimes and takes advantage of our society’s most
vulnerable people. We should all be ashamed that we allow this to go one
right under our noses and do nothing about it.
I am a weed activist because I have been a victim of overzealous
enforcement of weed laws. I have had my car searched and my home raided
because of my love for weed. It is ugly. It is unacceptable It has to stop.
We are better than this. We can no longer allow militarized police forces
to imprison our family, friends, neighbors and fellow man for weed. it is
not working and it is insane policy. So until we can right this terrible
injustice in our communities and find a path to a more moral and right
solution, I am a weed activist and I will do whatever it takes to make it
so not another person has to experience pain, suffering, loss of standing,
or shame for their right to use a safe, enjoyable and helpful plant. It is
our duty to our fellow man to work hard to ensure cannabis prohibition, and
the failed war on drugs, ends sooner than later.
Donna Lambert <s..firstname.lastname@example.org> Sep 27 10:18PM -0700
—– Forwarded Message —–
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:54 PM
Authorities target illegal pot grows in southwest Santa Rosa sweep
Federal and local law enforcement officers swept house to house Wednesday in search of illegal marijuana gardens in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood.BETH SCHLANKER/ PD
By RANDI ROSSMANN & CHRIS SMITH
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.
Dozens of combat-clad police officers, deputies and federal agents swarmed a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood Wednesday morning in the region’s largest-ever operation against residential marijuana gardens.
A team of 150 law enforcement officers raided 32 homes on Moorland Avenue, Eddy Drive, Barbara Drive and Neville Way, immediately south of the Corby Auto Mall.
Following the initial raid, officers carrying search warrants went into yards and confiscated a large amount of marijuana plants. Residents, many of them handcuffed, sat in front yards and watched as the pot was piled in great heaps.
The raids began about 9 a.m. when FBI agents in full military gear ordered residents to leave their homes, then rushed into the residences, most of them modest multi-plex units. The neighborhood was punctuated by the sounds of exploding flash grenades at several homes.
The agents ushered adults and children outside, where many of the adults were handcuffed and watched over by officers with a variety of agencies. Participants included personnel from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department and District Attorney’s Office, Santa Rosa Police Department, California Highway Patrol and federal departments of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said the operation was planned after authorities discovered that suspected pot cultivation in the neighborhood had become rampant.
“We just looked into this neighborhood and, literally, probably every backyard but two or three have a (marijuana) grow,” O’Leary said. “Our goal is to go in there to rid the neighborhood of these, what we think are probably illegal grows.”
The FBI assault team, its large military-type truck and a big-wheeled SWAT vehicle had left the neighborhood, but people still sat handcuffed in their front yards, as a woman who asked not to be identified surveyed the scene from the hood of a parked car.
She said she was awakened by officers outside a neighbor’s unit screaming, “Open the door!” She arose and looked out to see “the street was full of FBI, SWAT, everything.”
“They made me go back in the house,” she said. She added that she was not surprised that it was pot cultivation that drew the huge raiding party to her neighborhood.
“The whole street smells like weed,” she said.
Another resident, identifying herself only as Anna, said “It was going to happen sooner or later.”
As pot piles grew in the street, groups of neighbors gathered to watch. Several called the officers’ tactics “overkill” and questioned the value of ripping out the gardens.
“It’s a big bunch of crap,” said one neighbor Lora Wilson. “How much taxpayer money did we just waste doing this?”
O’Leary, the sheriff’s lieutenant, said there is a heavy gang presence in the area and that was part of the reason for the strong police presence.
“It’s absolutely not overkill, with the history in this neighborhood of violence and gang violence,” he said.
The staging ground for the operation was the parking lot of the Santa Rosa’s Veterans Memorial Building. At about 9 a.m., a long line of FBI and sheriff’s SUVs, trucks, patrol cars and large assault vehicles snaked out of the parking lot and onto Highway 12, then southbound 101.
At the Corby Avenue exit, a patrol car stopped cross traffic to allow the motorcade to stream through red signals.
Onlookers said an FBI team dressed in fatigues and helmets and carrying an assortment of battering rams, shields, ladders and weapons first entered a residence on Moorland Avenue at Barbara Drive.
That team then moved to several homes on Barbara Drive. Soon, handcuffed and guarded residents sat in front yards up and down Barbara Drive and the adjoining streets.
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Dave Hodges <s..email@example.com> Sep 28 04:58PM -0700
He has asked for help, but the response regarding enforcement actions
was "[San Jose's] pretty much on our own".
Here's the quote:
>> Mayor Reed: I have talked to both the U.S. attorney Melinda Haag and District Attorney Jeff Rosen about their enforcement actions, and they do continue to bring enforcement actions, although they are not just doing it on nuisance basis, they usually have other factors, other things that are going on around them which they bring their enforcement actions. But I know that there is several underway. I talked to Jeff Rosen this morning, as a matter of fact, and some of those in which they are bringing the enforcement actions have closed down, but the enforcement action continues on. So we do have some prospects of getting help from other agencies but I think we're pretty much on our own.