Federal judges accuse California bar of turning a blind eye to an ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct
Patients demand compensation for constitutional rights violations by local law enforcement.
LAKEPORT, CA — Nine medical marijuana patients from Lake County filed tort claims today for a total of $621,000 in monetary damages in a widely-watched ongoing legal struggle between growers and county officials.
Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you’re like most people I’ve met in my eight years working to educate the public on this topic, then you probably don’t.
It’s a subject that a lot of people think they understand, but too often our perception of police power is distorted by fictional TV dramas, sensational media stories, silly urban myths, and the unfortunate fact that police themselves are legally allowed to lie to us.
It wouldn’t even be such a big deal, I suppose, if our laws all made sense and our public servants always treated us as citizens first and suspects second.
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The three year-old federal crackdown on medical cannabis businesses in California will continue, a Dept. of Justice official told the Los Angeles Times last week.
Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole told theTimes: “If you don’t want us prosecuting [marijuana users] in your state, then get your regulatory act together,” he said.