Long Beach Pot Dispensaries Fight Back over Closures

In October, Long Beach authorities (with the assistance of the feds) raided and shut down a number of pot dispensaries in the city. Despite California voters legalizing medical marijuana, and despite court rulings declaring dispensary bans to be in violation of state law, the City of Long Beach banned dispensaries anyway.

Several dispensaries are now suing Long Beach, claiming the tactics used to shut them down were illegal. Nine collectives are involved. Courthouse News Service provides some details:

 "The defendants have systematically engaged in warrantless searches, warrants secured by judicial deception; administrative citations to the collectives and their landlords and other oppressive tactics, in an orchestrated scheme to close the collectives by any means in violation of the collectives' statutory rights," the complaint states.

At first, the city cited employees and owners for violating zoning laws, declaring the collectives are a public nuisance. When that failed to gain traction, the city raided dispensaries without warrants, or through warrants secured, in one instance, by representing that a collective was operating for a profit, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs cite more than a dozen raids, during which armed police officers arrested volunteers and seized marijuana, money, equipment and patient records.

The Long Beach Business Journal notes that there are 11 lawsuits against the City of Long Beach challenging its medical marijuana dispensary ban. They’ve been consolidated under one judge.  When I visited Long Beach in October for a screening of Legalize It, a documentary about California’s failed pot legalization ballot initiative, activists were also collecting signatures for a petition to overturn Long Beach’s law.

Below, watch Long Beach police step on the neck of a pot dispensary worker while arresting him and then destroy the store’s surveillance cameras during a raid last July:

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  • Almanian.||

    What part of "because fuck you, that's why" is unclear?

    Sheesh. Some people.

  • sarcasmic||

    "I really just felt like they were there to beat us up and take what they wanted from us."

    Well, yeah. They're cops. That's what they do.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Tax payers of Long Beach - prepare for a soaking!

    Cops of Long Beach - if you are not careful, this could lead to paid vacation or a letter of reprimand!

  • John Henry||

    Not the dreaded letter of reprimand!

  • Almanian.||

    HAHA! We'll show you. One MONTH of paid suspension, AND a letter in your personnel file for ONE YEAR!

    Now go ponder your sins in the Den of Woe, wrongdoer!

    Until your check comes - then put "Boardwalk Empire" on pause and run your check to the bank. Then BACK to the Den of Woe, wrongdoer!

  • ||

    there is no such thing as paid suspension. there is admin leave with pay, which is sometimes used during the INVESTIGATIVE phase when misconduct is suspected but not yet proved - see: due process.

    by definition, SUSPENSION means w.o pay.

    admin leave is not a punishment, is not supposed to be a punishmnet, and is constantly misunderstood by reasonoids.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Tax payers of Long Beach - prepare for a soaking!

    I am greasing up my anus right now. Using KY. But since I'm about to get fucked by pigs, maybe I should use bacon grease?

  • ||

    You should also get tested for trichinosis immediately post-coitus.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What's the stated justification for destroying the cameras, anyway?

  • John Henry||

    See the first comment.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I suppose, though they usually supply a bullshit reason for such things. Without some justification, it's likely actionable.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    "It was eyeballin' me."

  • sarcasmic||

    Hulk SMASH!

  • BlogimiDei||

    It was interferrin with dar investigations. and teh chyldrens

  • Fish999||

    My brother was arrested for working at a clinic in neighboring orange county. The cops arrested him and charged him for distribution. They used the recipt log as proof that my brother was dealing. A log they were legally obligated to keep. My brother pleaded no contest to possession and the other charges were dropped because the owner of the clinic agreed to shut it down. My brother received 2 years formal probation and 6500 dollars worth of restituion. Not bad for a 19 year old kid.

  • sarcasmic||

    Not bad for a 19 year old kid.

    Yeah. Not bad. Now he's barred from the military, barred from student loans, and a whole host of government programs. Good luck if he ever wants to purchase a firearm or get a concealed permit. He'll never be able to work for the government or a government contractor. Every time the cops pull him over they'll see this on his record and find an excuse to detain him and search the vehicle. If he is ever the victim of a crime, the cops will see this on his record and assume it was drug related (i.e. crimes against drug users don't matter since they're not human). Good times!
    This will follow him around for the rest of his life. Not bad at all.

  • sarcasmic||

    I say that as someone who was investigated for drugs in high school, but never formally charged or convicted.
    I didn't put it together at the time, but I think the reason the cops treated me like shit was because that came up whenever they ran my name. I tried to join the military but they told me they don't accept drug dealers. Like I said, I was never charged or convicted, and this happened when I was a minor, but somehow the feds decided I was a dealer. Since I moved to a different state the cops stopped giving me shit, but I'm sure that it would come up if they ever did a background check for a security clearance, position of public trust (government job), or concealed carry permit.
    Yeah, this will follow him for the rest of his life.

  • ||

    yea, generally speaking even if he gets it expunged, expungement makes it invisible to PRIVATE entities. govt. entities will still pull it up (usually) during NCIC/III and other extensive background checks.

  • sarcasmic||

    Land of the free where mere suspicion is treated as guilt.

  • John Henry||

    Not bad for a 19 year old kid.

    Who now has a record for possession. Depending on what he wants to do later in life, this could screw him over.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Hopefully, it (and all other pot "crimes") will be expunged after the Feds give up the ghost on marijuana legalization.

    And double up on prosecuting every other drug...

  • sarcasmic||

    after the Feds give up the ghost on marijuana legalization

    That will never happen at the federal level. Never.

  • ||

    rubbish

  • BlogimiDei||

    Fuck every human that has ever had the desire to be in enforcement.
    Fuck you all.

  • ||

    and in WA news, so far my prediction stands. no federal action against MJ users and no highway fund shenanigans or other such rubbish predicted by the naysayers. people continue to use legal mj apace and nobody cares.

    fortunately, we tend to respect citizen initiatives, since under the state constitution, it is the HIGHEST form of law (trumps legislative action). the crap long beach is pulling doesn't surprise me at all, in the statist nightmare that is california. a state where it's illegal to simply be UNDER THE INFLUENCE of heroin, for example. a state that ignores the 2nd amendment. and then there's income tax. i love california, but california GOVERNMENT sucks.

  • sarcasmic||

    Just wait until the legal scheme for growing and distributing is worked out. Once there are assets to steal you can bet that the feds will pounce.

  • ||

    no, I can't bet. unlike long beach, state and local govt's won't be raiding the very entities they SET UP.

    in this case, you have the CITY of long beach taking action, and the feds along for the ride. it's not going to happen in WA, where it's at the state level where MJ distribution will be set up. it's a disanalogous situation - medical MJ =/= recreational MJ and we don't have the big pharma tie-in with recreational MJ either.

  • sarcasmic||

    When there is stuff to steal, the feds will be there. Twenty bucks.

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