Medical Marijuana Raids

Cops Raid Marijuana Dispensary, Destroy Surveillance Equipment, Eat Pot Brownies, Joke About Assaulting Amputee

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Cops in Santa Ana, California, donned ski masks to break and enter into a local medical marijuana dispensary, raiding it with guns drawn in a May 27 police action. They then proceeded to remove surveillance cameras and recording equipment, but they didn't remove it all. Video from a camera they didn't disable also caught the officers eating what appear to be marijuana edibles, then acting in a way to suggest they had become intoxicated, with one officer even joking that she'd love to kick a marijuana activist present at the raid, Marla James, an amputee, in the "nub."

Watch one of the videos, via Orange County Weekly, below:

As OC Weekly reports, the dispensary that was raided, the Sky High Collective, was one of several in Santa Ana that was not selected in a lottery process in February that permitted a limited number of dispensaries to operate. Via the OC Weekly blog:

James and her husband David told the Weekly that they were present at Sky High because their attorney Matt Pappas, had learned the collective would be raided from Santa Ana's city attorney, Sonia Carvalho."

"When they came back into the back room when David and I were, they asked us why we were there, and I told them we were there to observe them, the police," James recalled. "And they were really surprised about that." When James told the officers that "Sonia" had told her attorney about the raid, the officers didn't recognize the name. "They had no idea and it made them seem kind of stupid and maybe that's why they got mad."

James struggled to understand why the female officer in the video would make fun of her disability.

"You know what, I was really nice to that woman," James said. "I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump."

The police department insists the video that was made public was edited and not in chronological order, and have started an internal investigation, saying they hope unedited video will give them a "clearer picture" of what happened.

As other states move to legalize marijuana more forcefully and clearly than California has over the last twenty years, the problem of licensing shouldn't be ignored. Where the government legalizes marijuana by creating a legalized monopoly or cartel, they are keeping significant numbers of non-violent people out of the legal framework and in the crosshairs of authorities.

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169 responses to “Cops Raid Marijuana Dispensary, Destroy Surveillance Equipment, Eat Pot Brownies, Joke About Assaulting Amputee

  1. Hah this is too perfect, explain to me again how the state is not just another gang (the biggest baddest one)?

    1. No self-respecting gang would let Jerry Brown be its leader

      1. Point!

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      2. But, but……his aura smiles. It never frowns!

    2. That was the first thought that popped into my head, too.

    3. Look at the security footage. All I can see is a gang of thugs.

      1. there are few things as hideous, physically, spiritually & ethically, as the modern female police officer.

        Except of course for the modern male police officer.

  2. This is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen but one of the greatest headlines.

    It’s amazing how frequently cops break the same petty laws they’re allegedly ‘enforcing.’ Maggie McNeil mentioned a report that said the greatest fear of prostitutes is abuse by cops and state agents, which isn’t particularly surprising given that there are probably quite a few horndog police officers who aren’t above saying ‘blow me and I’ll let you go.’

    This is basically just an extension of the same principle.

    1. Maggie has said she never, ever, ever knowingly takes a cop as a client.

      1. The fact that she was handcuffed and raped by three cops who told her no one would believe her because she’s a whore might have something to do with that decision.

    2. I’m wondering about the repercussions about officers becoming intoxicated while on the job, with, you know… video evidence?

      Nothing else happened?

      And I just want to throw some humor in with this:

      the Sky High Collective

      Imagine opening up a liquor store and calling it “The stumbling drunk”. I would totally shop there.

      1. “The Happy Drunk” would be better.

        1. The Falling-Down Drunk

        2. The Pink Elephants Liquor Store.

      2. Didn’t you read the article, Paul? The video WASN’T IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.

        FIRST, they broke into the dispensary and thugged it up. THEN they, uh, became cops later on I guess?

        1. If these people weren’t poisoning our minds with the devil weed, the chronology would be much more clear.

        2. In reality the officers assembled security equipment, regurgitated cannabis brownies that some vile hippies had attempted to poison them with before setting a handicapped woman free.

          Is there any length that the liberal media wont go to in order to destroy the reputation of our selfless heroes in blue?

          1. LOL. Okay. Stop. You’re killing me. This is fucking great… over something so fucking horrifyingly bad. Fuck, thanks for the laugh. God, I’m depressed now.

      3. There used to be a well-known bar in the Sacramento area called “The Stagger Inn”.

  3. “As OC Weekly reports, the dispensary that was raided, the Sky High Collective, was one of several in Santa Ana that was not selected in a lottery process in February that permitted a limited number of dispensaries to operate.”

    This is unbelievably stupid. If you’ve decided to allow pot dispensaries, why is there some need to limit their numbers?

    1. why is there some need to limit their numbers?

      keeping significant numbers of non-violent people out of the legal framework and in the crosshairs of authorities

      1. Exactly. Can’t just cut employees, government doesn’t have the training to know how to cut spending.

    2. Something something children something.

    3. The same logic that has states like Pennsylvannia running state liquor stores; to keep the numbers down. And you ask “why?” And get a lot of moralising bluster.

      1. It was a decades long struggle to privatize liquor sales in WA. Even then it took a cronyistic initiative backed by Costco to get it done.

    4. Control. What else, really? The anti-pot folks have to insist on limits, because otherwise…well, otherwise it would be UNLIMITED, and they clearly can’t have that. And even some of the pro-MM folks seem to feel that, sure, the state can have MM, but it can’t have too much, or in too many places, because that would be bad somehow.

    5. Come on, man, you know the answer:

      EFF WYE, TEE DOUBLEYEW

    6. Cannabis dispensaries are about the only viable small business in California. Which is really kinda sad.

  4. they are keeping significant numbers of non-violent people out of the legal framework and in the crosshairs of authorities

    Yes, exactly. That’s the intention. Feature, not bug, etc.

  5. “You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”

    Because you’re a classy businesswoman and she’s a goon?

    1. Yeah – I was thinking “you are polite and she is a sociopath”, but yours works too.

      1. Goons aren’t necessarily evil, sociopath is more precise.

        1. Sociopaths aren’t necessarily evil, either; I suggest “thug” as an alternative.

      2. This is the woman the cop wants to kick. I’d like to kick that sociopath cop in the twat.

  6. Matt Pappas

    Wasn’t he involved in the worst trade of all time, for Frank Robinson?

    1. No, the worst trade of all time was taxpayer money for Preet Bharara.

      1. The subpoena is on its way. Please consult with your attorney in advance- you will not be allowed counsel in the grand jury room.

        1. I have to ask… are you THE Preet Bharara?

          1. Impertinence before an officer of the Federal courts is a Class 3 felony, with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Would you care to reword your question?

            1. +1 My Little Mule

  7. …have started an internal investigation, saying they hope unedited video will give them a “clearer picture” of what happened.

    Accountability! They are desperate not for the truth but for some doubt the public can hang its hat on.

    But then, this is war, let’s not forget. Did you people not see Platoon? These guys have been on the front lines for so long, we have to cut them some slack.

    1. I think it’s more realistic to say they’re hoping for a less clear picture.

      Or would that be “fewer clear” Reason pedants?

      1. /Stannis Baratheon nods.

    2. Sometime should ask, if they wanted a clearer picture, why did they attempt to disable all the surveillance equipment? You know, the stuff THAT FUCKING TAKES ACTUAL PICTURES.

      1. The video that got released was reversed. Those law enforcement professionals were actually assembling the cameras because they craved video evidence of their actions.

        1. And, evidently, doing a fair amount of moonwalking. Which, you know, is cool.

  8. “You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”

    Because she’s a cop. That’s what cops do.

    1. Imagine the uproar if that cop used a racial slur instead of just insulting an actual disability and threatening violence for no reason.

      1. Depends on the race you’re supposedly insulting.

        1. Yep, “Stupid bloody cracker” ain’t gonna bear no weight.

    2. I have to admit, the statement “I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump” struck me as funny, particularly with all the woodchipper comments…

      1. HEY, PREET! Got one over here!

        1. Thanks for the heads-up. Owe you a drink.

      2. Does Bruce Jenner have a stump yet?

        1. Reek does.

          1. More of a nub, really.

          2. Maybe the female officer can get Marla James to shave her beard.

  9. They then proceeded to remove surveillance cameras and recording equipment, but they didn’t remove it all.

    They left one running just in time to get paid vacation over the summer without having to burn their vacation days?

  10. they are keeping significant numbers of non-violent people out of the legal framework and in the crosshairs of authorities.

    Whenever you feel like legalizing something, you are potentially putting a government thug out of a job.

    Won’t someone please think of the sociopaths??

  11. You go out of your way to make this all sound pretty bad, Eddy. But if you can think of a better way for city government to inform a small retailer that their business franchise has been revoked than to send masked, armed thugs to destroy and confiscate their inventory and terrorize their employees, I’d like to hear it.

    1. otoh, if that lady with the stump hadn’t been waggling her stump at them in a threatening manner, these gentleman would not have had to put her in her place.

      procedures were followed. smooches.

      1. She’s lucky she didn’t have a hook-shaped, sharp object on the end of it. Otherwise this thread would look very different.

        1. And my nuts would feel even more bruised and battered.

        2. Kind of looks like a big gun to me. Didn’t you see “Grindhouse”?

    2. Its sad to admit, but i am less mad at the cop’s behavior (which is unfortunately anticipated now) than I am the place getting busted because they lost a lottery. I cannot for the life of me think of a better definition for “capricious and arbitrary” law, that a random lottery to determine which business will be allowed to sell legally and which will not. That concept positively enrages me!

  12. Without the police, we’d be at the mercy of lawless thugs.

  13. They’re just another armed gang. The only thing that makes them different is legal impunity.

  14. OT: Cops charged for killing Tamir Rice

    http://www.cleveland.com/metro…..e_for.html

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the slaying of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

    Judge Ronald B. Adrine released the opinion Thursday afternoon, days after a group of local clergy and activists filed affidavits asking the court to find probable cause to arrest Loehmann and Frank Garmback on aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty charges.

    1. They’re not charged. It still has to go to a grand jury where, as we all know, the prosecution will do their best to put on a defense for the cops. If they fail, and there actually is an indictment, it still has to go to trial.

      1. And of course there is the possibility that the prosecutor overcharges them or undercharges them and they go free.

        1. I think we can confidently go with “certainty”.

        2. If Ohio murder laws work that way. Don’t most states allow conviction on a lesser charge if murder isn’t proven?

          1. “Lesser included” charges usually have to have a jury instruction requested and approved by the court. If the DA is tanking it, they won’t ask for that option.

            1. Typically the defendant gets the “all or nothing” choice – though not always. Depends upon the jurisdiction – and a lot of judges will instruct on all LIOs as a matter of course. If the evidence “fairly raises” a particular inference, then the accompanying instruction usually is going to be included.

      2. They’re not charged.

        I can dream, can’t I? 😉

  15. Protect and serve, gentlemen. Protect and serve.

    Unless you like weed, are black, are poor, don’t cooperate, invoke your rights, look strange, have a nicer car than me, have an attitude… fuck it FYTW.

    1. Text in the theater, are mentally ill… to name a couple you left off

      1. … Dance next to the police car, live close (100 miles) to the border, live in the inner city …

      2. Own a dog.

  16. The police department insists the video that was made public was edited and not in chronological order,

    I’m trying to figure out how they think that reorderring the scenes could possibly make this OK.

    1. Mocking that handicapped woman would clearly become very reasonable if we saw the entire video.

      1. Using the outlawed product is also acceptable if viewed in the right context.

      2. You laugh. Perhaps in the unedited video, someone asked, “What would happen if her stump had a rabid badger on the end of it?”

        Now totally kicking her in the stump seems reasonable, no?

        1. Look, there’s going to be a lot of controversy about the reboot, but we can all agree that the series as is has painted our heroes into a corner without a promising story-arc for them after this issue. And these writers really suck, I mean, you almost feel bad for SteelWheels, and she’s *the villain*, right?

          1. At the end of the episode, it turns out they were on the holodeck the whole time.

            1. Was Tasha Yar the female police officer?

    2. Precisely. It’s like the Orlando head-kicking case – the chief’s all “there are other videos which show the full context of the incident.” And I’m all “they were kicking a guy in the head, asshole!”

    3. Vandalism, theft, destruction (and consumption of) evidence, using drugs and becoming intoxicated while on duty, and joking about committing an assault.

      Change up the order and it’s all good.

      1. You forgot the darts. Without that the entire ‘fun-loving, good guy cops’ narrative falls apart.

    4. I’m sure the unedited video will show the cop bringing his own lunch to the raid, which he then sets down on the counter and eats. The other cop was just asking him what flavor of potato chips he brought that day.

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  18. Power corrupts.

    1. I think these cops were already corrupt (at least morally) – it is more like “power enables”.

      1. Oh! This is good! I’m going to start using this.

        Power doesn’t corrupt, power enables our natural inclinations.” Anyone want to improve this?

        1. Power attracts the corrupt, and then corrupts them further?

  19. DA LAW IS DA LAW

    1. I AM DA LAW!

  20. I think the female officer should be commended for not treating the differently abled person any different than she would treat an abled person. It shows real compassion on her part.

  21. “The police department … have started an internal investigation, saying they hope unedited video will give them a “clearer picture” of what happened.”

    It’s a fucking VIDEO; how much clearer does it have to get before some of these jackbooted thugs are sent to prison?!

    I periodically have to take a break from reading anything about politics because of the strain it puts on my blood pressure and state of mind. I think it’s just about time for one of those breaks.

  22. “Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.”

    __Col. Jeff Cooper

    1. Well, Colonel, that there sounds like a threat to me. Prepare to be subpoenaed in Heaven. The arm of the law is long….

      1. What if Jeff is in a special place in Hell?

        1. A place devoid of woodchippers? A lonely place indeed…

  23. Why the masks? Whom are they hiding from? What are they afraid of?

    1. Those douchenozzles wearing the masks are the same ones shooting darts later in the video. There cover is blown.

    2. These were the guys that went in and made the illegal transaction that gave them the ‘legal’ basis for the raid. The narcs always put on masks during the actual bust.

      1. If cops can wear masks when interacting with me, can I wear a mask when interacting with cops?

    3. So the alt-text could be, “Something something ISIS”

  24. It’s about time the cops decided to leaf these guys alone. I can’t wait until the Grass roots form together in a joint movement and decide to take over and weed out guys like this. If not then we are smoked

    1. For this post, you should be stoned!

  25. These guys are wasting their talent in law enforcement. They should go into comedy. Hasn’t Andrew Dice Clay retired? They can be his replacement in the art of tasteful comedy.

  26. “You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”

    Ha, like thugs care about shit like that.

    Now you know. /NBC rainbow.

  27. OT: Oregon allows women to “stock up” on birth control by purchasing a 12-month supply in a move the Governor stated will “increase access and decrease barriers” – supporters say pregnancies will decrease b/c women won’t need to visit pharmacies as often…

    1. or how about just selling the stuff OTC like most of the rest of the world does….

      1. I read your handle in a pirate voice and it makes me smile!

  28. Legal plunder will stop when it becomes more onerous and dangerous than honest work. People need to start defending themselves from these thugs.

  29. Why does Poncherello still have his helmet on.

  30. “It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.”

    True as long as they are agents of the state. The people often have to shield/conceal themselves from the eyes of their overlords unless they want to be easy targets.

  31. The video is full of a bunch of thugs laughing as they ruin someone’s livelihood. This is all the state does.

    Can’t pay your property taxes because you lost your job? Screw you we’re taking your house. Then while you’re homeless, we’ll tell you the evil capitalists are the cause. Have a good job? Do something the state doesn’t like, or have an altercation with any of its agents, well they will be sure to ruin your life, and your family.

    Someone is one altercation away from having everything they worked hard for taken away from them. After this last incident on here, no one here should have any support for the state at all. It is just further proof that they will never limit themselves. Now that it’s hit home, I do hope the minarchists finally learned a valuable lesson and replace the min with an and place libertarian in the sentence as well.

  32. Why do they even have a right to vandalize the cameras? Are they that afraid of what they know they are going to do, the little chumps that they are!

    1. “Why do they even have a right to vandalize the cameras?”

      BFYTW.

  33. Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

    1. No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

      DC almost has that just with no commercial sales.

  34. “We expect our officers to hold themselves to a certain standard and represent the department and the profession well,” Revere said. “If that wasn’t done in this case, it’s certainly something that, as part of the administrative investigation, the chief will make the appropriate disciplinary recommendation if it’s warranted.

    Theft, destruction of property, spoilage of evidence, use of a Schedule I substance… Seem like crimes to me.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking, Fist. The video documents multiple felonies. Including, depending on the fate of the removed video equipment, grand theft.

    2. *spoliation of evidence…

    3. Those are only crimes when peasants do them.

  35. Fire all of them.

    1. *Jail all of them. FTFY

    2. drug test all of them

  36. The police department insists the video that was made public was edited and not in chronological order,

    Lets hope the dispensary set them up for a Breitbart, sucking them in with edited video, and then after handwaving about how bad the edits are, releasing unedited video that makes it all look even worse.

  37. “Ten percent of the cops in New York City are absolutely corrupt, 10 percent are absolutely honest, and the other 80 percent ? they wish they were honest.”

    -Frank Serpico

    I think that applies in varying degrees at any major police organization. I would like to think the small towns are run by Andy Taylor as opposed to Roscoe P Coletrain, but I might be overly optimistic.

  38. The police department insists the video that was made public was edited and not in chronological order,

    Do you know how to stop your stupid crap as being portrayed “unfairly”? STOP DOING STUPID CRAP.

    1. Nah, that can’t be it.

  39. THIS is a great “reason” why cops are liked so much, trusted always and appreciated. Hypocrites deluxe.

  40. The guy across the street from me sells Marijuana. The cops raided him and took out about 2 lbs of pot (this is in Florida). They dumped the 4 plastic bags on his front yard. While they were searching his house further, two other cops came up in a car, got out and scarfed up the 4 bags. It was never seen again and my neighbor got off with a warning.
    Try to tell me that pot made it to evidence lockup. Hypocrites. The worst.

    1. That pot made it to evidence lockup.

      I tried and succeeded!

  41. You just gotta love cops for if you don’t, they’ll bust you and throw you in with Ike and Mike for a little rear end treat.

  42. Must be something about surreptitious filming that makes cops into giant assholes.

    1. “Must be something about surreptitious filming that [reveals] cops [as] gant assholes.”

      FTFY.

      1. I will go out on a limb and say Tony wood not be anything but.

  43. These tools don’t even have the brainpower to be good thugs. Notice how they try to kick in the door, which opens outwards, and finally give up and just open it like anyone with an IQ above room temperature would do. Fuck these slavers.

    1. “Notice how they try to kick in the door, which opens outwards and finally give up and just open it like anyone with an IQ above room temperature would do.”

      You must have forgotten that story about police departments weeding out any applicants that are “too smart”.

  44. The police department insists the video that was made public was edited and not in chronological order,

    So, it would have been better if they had acted intoxicated, *then* donned ski masks, *then* destroyed recording equipment, *then* eaten pot brownies?

  45. An entry for the Dumb Cops File….still not as thick as the Dumb Crooks File, but they’re working on it.

  46. Let’s just say that Santa Ana was never known for having a drawer full of sharp knives.

    1. Lets be fair to Santa Ana, – law enforcement is a self selecting career.

  47. Look at them. Rooting around, destroying property, eating everything in sight, leaving a mess behind everywhere they go. Still cant understand why they are called pigs, though. Its a mystery.

  48. Police departments all need training courses in “How not to be stupid”.

    1. You can’t fix stupid.

  49. I thought this was a scene from Goodfellas that ended up on the editing room floor.

  50. What ever happened to the “this is the police,open up” practice ? Now days the first thing they do is bust the freakin door in, and what’s with the masks ? Our servants have become our masters.

  51. She wanted to kick her stump because she isn’t, strictly speaking, a human any longer. She is a cop and cops are little more than trained animals. They obey their master, the state, no matter how wrong or illegal their commands. And they always appear to enjoy hurting or murdering people if they get the oportunity. In this case, all they got to do was bust up someone’s property, but you can tell they enjoyed it just the same, even if they didn’t get to hurt any people directly.

    1. “She wanted to kick her stump because she isn’t, strictly speaking, a human any longer.”

      What evidence do we have that she was ever human?

      My guess is she was attracted to police work precisely for the “stump kicking” benefits.

  52. Enforcing a dumb law even if they’re acting more “professional”.

  53. How would chronological order help those cops appear reasonable?

  54. If we’re not allowed to hope that there’s a special place in Hell for these cops, exactly what *are* we allowed to hope for?

  55. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
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  56. Why not be honest and say what this ‘raid’ really was; an armed robbery by masked thugs.

    Police agencies all over the nation are falling farther and farther into open disrespect; is there no wonder why? When there are real criminals running around free, our police are arresting and confiscating from otherwise aw loving ordinary citizens. How many readers out there no longer feel safe in their community from both real criminals and the badged criminals on the taxpayers payroll?

  57. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
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  58. And the pigs wonder why they don’t get any respect and the people cheer when they get li
    killed.

  59. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
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  60. “I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”

    Because she is a sadist.

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