Medical pot delivery bust denounced

January 10, 2013

sherrifBy DANIEL BLACKBURN

A driver for a patients’ medical marijuana collective was arrested last week in Oceano after his vehicle was stopped by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies, reportedly for having a cracked windshield.

Following a search of his vehicle, Chance Simmons was taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and booked into County Jail on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of concentrated cannabis.

Simmons works for Ethnobotanica Patients Collective, which has been around since 2007, longer than any other medical cannabis collective in San Luis Obispo County, according to Ryan Booker, its executive.

Booker said Simmons was engaged in lawful activity at the time of his arrest, delivering physician-recommended cannabis to some of the collective’s 1,000 patients.

Commander Aaron Nix of the sheriff’s department said the case remains under investigation and declined further comment.

“This arrest comes almost exactly two years since the now-defunct narcotics task force executed ‘Operation Green Sweep,’” Booker said. “That resulted in 12 arrests related to medical cannabis collectives, and wasted millions in taxpayer dollars. All twelve cases were later dismissed.”

The Ethnobotanica collective operates as a not-for-profit per state law, has all necessary licensing and documentation including incorporation with the state, and pays all applicable local, state, and federal taxes, Booker said.

“The passage of the Medical Marijuana Program Act in 2003 exempted medical cannabis collectives and collective members from criminal sanctions under California Health and Safety Code 11357 and 11359,” Booker said. “I hope that in the future, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, as well as all other local law enforcement agencies, will respect the will of California voters and rights of San Luis Obispo County residents to collectively use medical cannabis in accordance with state law.”


31 Comments

  1. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Why would a government oppose the medical use of this medicinal herb?

    You can find a lot of answers here:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/

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  2. jimmy_me says:

    I feel safer knowing that there one less person driving around delivering medicines to people who have legitimate and legal uses for that medicine.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 37 Thumb down 7

    • CommonSenseMama says:

      Yes, much safer… especially now that these patients may have to find an illegal source and then drive themselves home! Our hard-earned tax money working at it’s finest.

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      • MaryMalone says:

        Yes, much safer…since now these patients have had their medication interrupted, and so must suffer pain and other symptoms until they can secure another delivery service or source.

        I am sick of the county sheriffs department wasting my tax money on this BS, and I am especially embarassed that the county sheriff and his deputies are of such low character and morality that they would choose to target the sick who require one particular type of medication in their cruel and illegal abuse of power.

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