Monday, October 12, 2009

LA Co. DA to prosecute OTC medical marijuana

LA Co. DA to prosecute OTC medical marijuana

MONTEBELLO, Calif.—The Los Angeles County district attorney says medical marijuana dispensaries in the county are operating illegally and will be prosecuted.

Steve Cooley said Thursday at a narcotics officers training session in Montebello that he and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich believe over-the-counter sales are illegal, based on a state Supreme Court decision last year.

Cooley says his office is already preparing to prosecute a Culver City dispensary called Organica.

The city attorney's office says there are hundreds of dispensaries in the county operating under a 1996 voter initiative that allowed medical marijuana use, and a state law that allows for collective growing of marijuana.

Outside the training session, about 100 medical marijuana advocates protested.
Information from: Los Angeles Times,

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