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SUMMARY:  Political Prosecutions Continue, Despite - or, even Because Of! - Legislation Allowing Medical Marijuana Retail Outlets. | As part of their continuing Campaign process, Prohibitionists across the state brag on their plans to persecute Medical Cannabis people and organizations. Citizens of Oregon need to seriously think about how best to deal with these self-and-special-interest serving, people-hating wastrels. Even folks not associated with the cannabis issue beleive it is necessary to de-elect, de-fund and otherwise dis-empower those who are determined to wipe their butts with the will of the people and continue wasteful, pork-barrelled boondoggles like medical cannabis prohibition. >>> Learn more >>. You may comment on the story here,   or give us feed back, here.  


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Prosecutions to Continue, Despite Legislation Allowing Medical Marijuana Retail Outlets

Or because of said Legislation, we should say, as it is obvious to the activist coimmunity these prosecutions are payback for medical cannabis law reform gains this legislative session in Oregon. Also part of their campaign to gut and otherwise repeal said legislation. In addition they appease the special interests they serve, while avoiding real work and distracting folks from the other scams like this they are running. It also helps to cover incompetence and outright corruption as it becomes endemic, and the cycle repeats.

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Two Oregon prosecutors say they are moving forward with criminal cases against people accused of selling medical marijuana at retail outlets, despite passage of a bill July 6 allowing such establishments to exist with state blessing. "This conduct was against the law at the time people committed the crime," said Bracken McKey, a senior deputy district attorney in Washington County. "We are expected to hold people accountable."

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said his office also will continue its prosecution of an outstanding dispensary case from last year. House Bill 3460, which Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign, creates a legal marketplace for medical marijuana, where Oregon's estimated 56,000 patients can walk into a shop with money and walk out with cannabis. The Human Collective, a Tigard collective raided last year by Washington County authorities, served as a model for HB 3460.

In addition to Washington and Malheur counties, Jackson and Lane county law enforcement has raided medical marijuana retailers and arrested their operators. Lane and Jackson county prosecutors did not return emails or phone calls seeking comment. McKey said Washington County took into account eventual passage of dispensary legislation when deciding the level of charges filed against the Human Collective's operators in 2012. He said the district attorney's office will continue prosecuting Don Morse and Sarah Bennett, who are accused of manufacturing, possessing and distributing marijuana. Bennett faces additional charges of possession of psilocybin mushrooms, child endangerment and child neglect; authorities say her child was in the home while drugs were present.

Protecting cases like the ones pending in Washington County spurred the Oregon District Attorneys Association to push for a last-minute change to the bill. The law originally included a provision that potentially protected existing establishments if they faced prosecution before the state begins issuing registry cards, which is expected to begin in 2014. Norris, the Malheur county prosecutor, said criminal cases related to the 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana establishment near the Idaho border, will continue.

He said the operation wouldn't have fallen under the protection of HB 3460 even it it had been in effect at the time. Under the bill, medical marijuana retailers must be separate from grow sites, a requirement that Norris said the 45th Parallel didn't meet. Charges are pending against eight defendants in that case. Ten others pleaded guilty to possession or distribution of marijuana, and in some cases both.

A pending case in Jackson County involves a high-profile advocate of the state's medical marijuana program, Lori Duckworth. Duckworth and others, including her husband, are accused of selling marijuana out of a downtown Medford storefront. Margie Paris, a law professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, said prosecutors are on legally solid ground in moving ahead with dispensary cases. But she said the passage of HB 3460 potentially complicates their work.

"Maybe the most profound problem is, this is a signal from the Oregon community that we don't want prosecutorial resources expended in this way," Paris said, "or we don't want people engaging in these retail sales to be punished, to be criminalized." Paris said prosecutors may encounter resistance from jurors. "If the defendant chooses to go to trial, can you get a jury to convict?"

Morse, the Human Collective operator facing charges in Washington County, attended the hearings and work sessions on HB 3460. He said the bill formalizes an industry that until now operated under its own rules. "There are so many places where everything is done on a wink and a handshake," he said. He added: "Now there is a clear case of who is in the right and who is the in wrong."


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