Saturday, October 18, 2014

COUNTY JUSTIFIES WARRANTLESS RAIDS BECAUSE CANNABIS PLANTS ARE AN ‘IMMEDIATE DANGER’

October 17, 2014




The Scales of Justice

LAKE COUNTY, CA — Hundreds of individuals in the county have come forward in a joint lawsuit alleging that police conducted warrantless searches and seizures of their property because of the suspicion of unregulated plant growth.
The plaintiffs, whose numbers exceed 200 in the lawsuit, claim that police have systematically raided people who were legally qualified to grow cannabis for medical purposes, destroyed their property, and left them suffering without their medicine. A number of senior-citizen cannabis patients were among the plaintiffs.

The complaint named the following defendants: the county of Lake, Sheriff Francisco Rivero, Undersheriff Chris Macedo, Lt. Loren Freeman of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Community Development Director Rick Coel, and 50 unnamed individuals.

The raids have amassed only since June 2014, when Lake County passed Ordinance No. 2997 (also called “Measure N”) which laid out legal requirements for growing marijuana on private property. The ordinance allows qualified individuals to grow up to six plants, if they own an acre or more of property.