Charges dropped against two medical marijuana providers
January 11, 2011
One of Rachel and Charles Tamagni’s attorneys, Patrick Fisher, said that officials from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office told him they are dropping charges against the couple.
“We have to get confirmation in court, but they told us over the phone that they are rejecting charges,” Fisher said.
On December 27, at least six law enforcement agencies and 50 agents participated in the arrests of 15 people for growing and selling medical marijuana. During the arrests, children and grandparents were handcuffed at gun point, homes were ransacked and some of the arrestees were left in a cold van for hours, numerous sources said.
“They were put through hell for nothing, their names dragged through the mud,” Fisher said. “Now it’s like oops, sorry, never mind.”
Fisher, the attorney for six of the arrestees, said his clients appear to have been running their marijuana dispensaries in complete compliance with California law.
The arrests appear to be based on an interpretation of state law – specifically that everyone in a collective must be actively participating in the cultivation of the plants.
“Is it the view of the Narcotics Task Force that the terminally ill should be growing their own pot?” Fisher asked.
Charges remain against 12 of the medical marijuana providers.
Medical marijuana advocates plan to protest the arrests at a rally set for January 11, at 7:30 a.m., in front of the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse.