Friday, July 29, 2016

Infuriating: Cops Raid Legal Cannabis Companies

Via comment by Jeffery in Alabama on Virtue and the Streets: A Dummy’s Guide to Police ...

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Med-West, a medical THC extract company in San Diego, was raided in January and again in June. It's one of a number of cannabis companies targeted for asset seizure--but with no attendant criminal charges being filed--by California authorities.

At 7:37 a.m. on January 28, 2016, nearly 30 officers from the San Diego joint narcotics task force conducted a raid on Med-West Distributors, a licensed medical cannabis extraction company.

The officers, decked out in helmets and tactical gear and clutching assault rifles and handguns, used a sledgehammer to open the door, and then burst into the lobby. Once inside, the task force arrested two employees present, cracked open the company's safe, and collected its inventory--more than 30,000 cartridges of cannabis oil and a couple of pounds of concentrate.

The narcotics task force seized $1.4 million in cash, product, and money from various bank accounts belonging to owner James Slatic ($325,570 in cash was found in the safe). Med-West had been providing hundreds of licensed dispensaries around California with medical CO2-extracted cannabis oil and products under the state's medical marijuana laws since 2010. The company was licensed by the city of San Diego and operating openly. Slatic says his company was raided a second time in late June and is now officially closed.

San Diego law enforcement used federal asset forfeiture laws to freeze and seize the company's cash and the money in Slatic's personal bank account, the bank account of his wife (who is a federal employee at Veterans Affairs), and his kids' college savings accounts. The San Diego Sheriff's Office and San Diego County District Attorney's Office declined to explain why they seized Med-West's and the Slatic family's money, but neither has charged Slatic with a crime.

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12 comments:

  1. It seems the only significant distinction between a criminal gang and LEO agency is that the latter has the full sanction and approval of the political powers that be, while the former does not.
    The take away lesson here is; even if you operate by and conduct your business by ALL of the rules, the State, will still steal your money and property if it covets it. LEO do in fact have a license to kill.

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  2. Despite being legal at the state level,it is still illegal federally so some statist offered the local cops a cut of any forfeited assets to raid the place. Are you surprised?

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    1. Not with commies running the government.

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  3. Let's call it what it is...theft under color of authority...and since the perps were carrying guns it's Felony Armed Robbery. And then these morons have the nerve to act surprised when people shoot at them.

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    1. No knock raids would be illegal in a sane society.

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  4. I know there are many good cops but we live in a country that could pass for a police state. Since the sheriff deputies murdered returned Marine Jose Guarena in front his Tucson AZ wife and son I have had no inherent respect for LEOs.

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  5. Legalized cannabis is a states dream. Legalize the act of selling an illegal product. Need an influx of cash? Just raid a pot shop and seize everything, legally. Makes it easier for the state to get their fair share.

    Badger

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  6. City council wanted to give themselves a raise.

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