Nearly 13 Years After Prop. 215, Law Enforcement Still Resists Medical Marijuana

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director July 12, 2009

    California’s citizens and legislators may be at the vanguard of America’s progressive cannabis policy-making, but, unfortunately, many in the law enforcement community in the Golden State are still uncomfortable with–and resistive of–the will of the voters (their employers) when it comes to physician-sanctioned, patient access to medicinal cannabis.

    A ‘white paper’ released to California law enforcement (including prosecutors) in late April by the California Police Chiefs Association is just now being seen by the general public and the cannabis law reform community, and the paper once again reinforces the clear intent of the law enforcement community to continue leading the charge in maintaining the status quo of cannabis prohibition.

    By any fair measurement, law enforcement is unrivaled in serving as one of the five pillars of cannabis prohibition.

    Read the CPCA report here.

    In response, later this summer, the NORML Foundation will publish a definitive legal guide to medical cannabis for practicing lawyers and medical cannabis dispensaries. Additionally, NORML seeks to provide complimentary copies of the guide to all of the public defenders’ offices in California.

    172 responses to “Nearly 13 Years After Prop. 215, Law Enforcement Still Resists Medical Marijuana”

    1. Chris P. says:

      Is there anyway to file a lawsuit or some kind of legal challenge against the California Police if they do violate the state law? Or do they get to claim the federal law trumps the will of the voters without recourse? Sickening if the latter is the case.

    2. Dave says:

      Are these tools serious? somebody needs to crack down on these crooked cops.
      oh i like how under “liability” they threaten politicians.

    3. Of course most cops want prohibition. Cuz most cops are a bunch of small pricked bastards. Where im from violent people especially if the suspected of carrying a gun are left alone. Our pigs love bustin smokers cuz they go down easy. You can definatly see a clear pattern emerge. Cops dont want to fight and possibly get shot. They scared. So if there is prohibition they can womp stomp all the non violent stoners they can handle. Go home and masturbate safely to mister rogers neighborhood or whatever it is they do when they aint bullying harmless folks.

    4. Kyle says:

      “We enforce the law, we don’t make the law”

    5. Jeremy R. says:

      Ok fellow patriots Here is the url to the website I designed for the cause that is finished . Feel free to use this site to help our cause.


    6. Jerry Moler says:

      It will be very interesting to see how the law enforcement community of California reacts to NORML’s legal guide. Will they try to ban it or somehow keep it from the public defenders and other lawyers? Is there any recourse that the public can use to make these people conform to the will of the people. If they continue to buck the system that they are supposed to be working for can they be terminated? Who holds authority over these rogues?

    7. C.J. says:

      Thank God for Indica, otherwise the incessant incompetence of law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels would drive my stress levels through the roof.

      Metallica said it best in “…And Justice For All”

      Lady Justice Has Been Raped
      Truth Assassin
      Rolls of Red Tape Seal Your Lips
      Now You’re Done in
      Their Money Tips Her Scales Again
      Make Your Deal
      Just What Is Truth? I Cannot Tell
      Cannot Feel

    8. Joe says:

      This legal guide will make a difference, I am sure of it. It would be great if NORML could have a magazine that could be sold in all major grocery/retail stores. It would catch a lot of eyes, and spread.


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    10. Johnny D says:

      As long as marijuana remains illegal at the Federal level, State and Local law enforcement will have this toe-hold. Even though the DEA may not be raiding dispensaries and cooperatives, they donate a great deal of money to State and Local law enforcement to enforce marijuana prohibition and fund eradication. Until Federal law is changed there will be this conflict.

      How is the Decrim bill going in Congress? I’ve e-mailed, written and called my representative. Where can I find out more about the progress of this bill?

      Thank you Allen for sending the link to the 5 pillars. In a very short read puts in black and white what we’re up against. I’m looking forward to seeing what NORML publishes as a legal guide.

      I look forward to seeing you all at Seattle Hempfest!
      And please, keep donating to NORML!

      Johnny D

      [Editor’s note: Currently the federal decrim bill has about 10 co-sponsors, and House leadership indicate that the bill will not likely get a subcommittee hearing until mid fall. This interim period of time allows supporters of reform to recruit as many co-sponsors as possible.

      Federal legislation (in this case, H.R. 2943) can be tracked at http://thomas.loc.gov/ or via the ‘Contact Officials’ link on the front page of norml.org]