Daily Roundup: San Diego Cops Open Pot Club, Distribute Hash

1. Narcotics officers in San Diego opened up a pot club last week to gain information on local growers and patients, the San Diego Americans for Safe Access reports this morning. Police raided the Helping Hands Wellness Collective in Hillcrest, CA. Thursday, October 14th, donned staff uniforms, unlocked the doors and began serving customers. “According to Matt, one of the patients who visited the dispensary that day, detectives welcomed him to the collective, told him the facility was under ‘new management,’ checked him in, and even provided him with free concentrated cannabis (hash) as a gift before inquiring with the unsuspecting patient whether he cultivated his own medicine. As soon as Matt told them that he did, the detectives pulled out their badges, said they were DEA, and then proceeded to detain and interrogate him for almost two hours.” The San Diego Narcotics Task Force officers ran the dispensary for four hours, reports state. The SDASA says law enforcement in San Diego is violating patient rights under Proposition 215 and AB 420 with ongoing dispensary raids and arrests. California’s war on pot costs the state about $1 billion per year in law enforcement, court, and prison expenditures, the Cato Institute has found. More from the San Diego Citybeat and more news after the jump.

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