Friday, September 3, 2010

LA sheriff says almost all pot clinics criminal

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County's sheriff has launched a war of words against California's medical marijuana dispensaries, saying almost all of the businesses operate as criminal enterprises.

Sheriff Lee Baca is claiming some pot shops get their marijuana from Mexican drug cartels and most are doling out pot to people who have no medical need for it.

Baca says up to 97 percent of clinics have been criminally compromised, though he produced no hard evidence to support his claim.

His comments coincide with an announcement that he would lead efforts against a November ballot measure to legalize marijuana for personal use. Critics say his claims are politically motivated and untrue.

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4 comments:

Gordon said...

If marijuana were legal, perhaps Sheriff Baca et al would be able to focus on genuine crime -- you know, the kind with a victim. Prohibitions never work, they lead to corruption.

Activist said...

Well said, Gordon. Thanks for visiting.

david said...

How can the cops make money if they can not sell the pot they confiscate? Why do narcotics officers have bigger homes and cars then other cops who make the same pay?

John said...

"Baca says up to 97 percent of clinics have been criminally compromised, though he produced no hard evidence to support his claim."

Hell of a cop, all that crime and he can't find enough evidence to make one arrest?

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