FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MARCH 16, 2011

 

 

Lawmen Protecting Patients official statement regarding recent raids on medical marijuana providers in Montana. 

 

CONTACT: Nate Bradley, LPP executive director: 916-671-4045 or nate@lawmenpro.org

 

 

 

Press Release: 03-18-2011

CONTACT: 530-420-5808 or nate@lawmenpro.org

 

 

 

Sacramento, CA -- An organization made up of members of the law enforcement community, dedicated to protecting the safety and wellbeing of medical cannabis users, is reiterating their call for an end to federal raids of medical marijuana providers in response to the recent raids by federal authorities on medical marijuana providers in Montana.

 

“It’s frustrating that the federal government is once again wasting our money to raid and prosecute non-violent people who are simply trying to follow state law by providing marijuana to legal medical patients" said Nate Bradley executive director of Lawmen Protecting Patients. “These raids are a slap in the face to the citizens of Montana that overwhelming approved Initiative 148 in 2004 --- also by closing these providers down, they are preventing many ill people from accessing the medication they need. The federal government needs to understand that every dollar spent raiding and prosecuting medical marijuana providers is a dollar that is not being spent to hunt down child molesters and missing children”.

 

Lawmen Protecting Patients (LPP), LPP was founded by former and retired members of the law enforcement community whose lives were changed by the use of medical marijuana. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of medical marijuana users and to educating medical cannabis patients.

 

For any media inquiries 

 

CONTACT: Nate Bradley, LPP executive director:  phone: 530-420-5808  Email: nate@lawmenpro.org

7-1-11
SB 847 Update [LPP]

Yesterday was a very busy day at the California State Capital for Lawmen Protecting Patients (LPP).  SB 847, which is being sponsored by Senator Lou Correa, was heard by the Assembly Committee on Local Government.
 
Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray testified in support of SB 847, which is also co-sponsored by the City of Anaheim.  She explained that the City of Anaheim sponsored SB 847 after neighbors complained and held protests over a store-front “dispensary” that opened up in the bottom apartment of a 2 story duplex. She stated that SB 847 was intended to stop “store front” dispensaries from opening up inside of residential neighborhoods. She also stated that SB 847 was not retroactive and would only affect collectives that are formed after the bill goes into effect.  
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LPP Executive Director Nate Bradley testified that he believes this bill is well intentioned. Bradley stated that there are problems with the way SB 847 is currently worded. He said it would not only ban store-front “dispensaries” in residential areas, but it would also prohibit small patients collectives from cultivating and/or possessing medical marijuana in their own residences. 

Here is how it is written in SB 847:

(2) No medical marijuana cooperative, collective, dispensary,
operator, establishment, or provider who possesses, cultivates, or
distributes medical marijuana pursuant to this article shall be
located within a 600-foot radius of a residential zone or residential
use unless the city council or county board of supervisors adopts,
for its respective jurisdiction, an ordinance specifically regulating
the location of those establishments in relation to residential
zones or residential use. Notwithstanding subdivision (f), a local
ordinance enacted pursuant to this paragraph may be more or less
restrictive than the 600-foot radius standard that applies in the
absence of a local ordinance. 

According SB420 a “collective” can be defined as two or more people coming together to cultivate marijuana, which is what the majority of patients do. As an example Bradley cited the recent San Bernardino County MMJ ordinance, which is using that definition of “collective” to prohibit patients from cultivating.

Bradley finished by telling the committee that this problem could be easily fixed by simply amending SB 847 to say it will not apply to collectives with fewer than 10 members.

It was refreshing to see that our state representatives were actually listening and paying attention when we testify. After hearing Bradley’s testimony regarding SB 847, Assemblyman Chris Norby, told Senator Correa that he was concerned that SB 847 might negatively affect people growing a few plants in their backyard collectively. He wanted to make sure that measures were taken in SB 847 to make sure that it didn’t happen. 

After the testimony, Senator Correa came outside the committee room and spoke with Bradley and several other people who had concerns with SB 847. He said SB 874 was intended to only affect “store-front operations” and they never intended for it to affect small collectives. He assured us that he would work on SB 847. Bradley also spoke briefly with Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray, she was extremely understanding of the issues that were raised during the hearing and seemed open to the ideas proposed.

We will keep you all updated as this legislative year continues.

Lawmen Protecting Patients
www.lawmenpro.org
Fighting for patient rights…

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DATE: October 7th, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) An organization made up of retired and disabled
members of the law enforcement community who have become medical
marijuana patients, joined with with medical marijuana supporters
today to rally outside the Sacramento Federal Court House in response
to the Obama Administrations crack down on medical marijuana.

The federal government needs to understand that every dollar spent
going after medical marijuana providers is a dollar that won’t be
spent going after child molesters and rapists said Nate Bradley
executive director of Lawmen Protecting Patients. “There are much
better uses for the federal governments scarce resources then to
enforce "Prohibition era" marijuana laws".

Bradley continued “It’s 2012, modern science has proved that
marijuana has medicinal value decades ago. It’s time for the federal
government to stop clinging onto Reefer Madness and get on board”
 Which is why LPP is asking supporters to contact their local member
of the House of Representatives and ask them to support. H.R. 1983,
[1] which will let states regulate medical marijuana legally.  H.R.
1983 [2] has been introduced by Rep. Barney Frank and has several
co-sponsors from California.
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Lawmen Protecting Patients (LPP), LPP was founded by disabled and
retired members of the law enforcement community whose lives were
changed by the use of medical marijuana. We are dedicated to
protecting the rights of medical marijuana users and to educating
medical cannabis community.
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Media inquiries contact: Nate Bradley, LPP executive director:  
Phone: 916-671-4045 
Email:nate@lawmenpro.org 
Website: www.lawmenpro.org 


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LPP Update 3/3/12


A lot has happened the last few months. LPP has been assisting several patient advocacy groups battle cultivation bans in their area. We have also been working with several CA state legislators on pending legislation.

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LPP at the CA State Capital

Last week LPP’s Executive Director Nate Bradley along with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speakers; Commander Diane Goldstein (Ret.) and LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.), spent two days at the CA State Capital talking with lawmakers about upcoming medical marijuana and asset forfeiture reform legislation.


It was refreshing to see the warm reception we received from the Republican and Democrat legislators we met with. The biggest thing we learned was that while we have a lot of support for medical marijuana regulation at the state capital, we need to be prepared for a fight because the opposition is all ready spending a lot of money to fight any medical marijuana regulation legislation.


The only way to combat the opposition is to spend time at the capital walking the halls educating lawmakers. If you are not in a position to visit your state representative, another option is to call their office and ask them to the support medical marijuana regulation.


Click here to find out how to contact your state representative.

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Pending California State Legislation

(Support) AB 2312 (Asm. Ammiano D, SF) - This bill would establish a state regulatory system for the medical marijuana industry. It should be noted that the current language of the bill is expected to change numerous times as it moves through the state legislature.


(Oppose) AB 2465 (Asm. Campos, D - San Jose) – This is a very dangerous bill that clearly violates Prop 215. It would require all medical marijuana patients obtain a DHS state ID card and would require they register the address where they are cultivating marijuana.


[After LPP spoke with several people at the CA State Capital, LPP is confident that AB 2465 will not be making it to the Governors desk.]


(Support) AB 2600 (Asm. Norby,  R-Fullerton) This bill prohibits the CA DMV from revoking a person's driving privileges if they are caught with less then an ounce of marijuana.


(Support) AB 639 (Asm. Norby, R- Fullerton) This bill will stop state CA law enforcement agencies from using the federal government forfeiture system and force them to use the CA civil forfeiture process when they want to seize your property. This will greatly benefit the MMJ industry because among other things it will force law enforcement to get a judges signature before they can seize your property or money.

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A message from LPP’s Executive Director Nate Bradley

2012 is ramping up to be a busy for year for LPP. We have received speaking requests from all over the country and there are numerous pieces of legislation that will affect MMJ patients being pushed through state and local governments. LPP cannot provide the voice that is needed for patients without your support.


Right now if you donate $10 or more to LPP, we will send you one of our brand new LPP logo stickers that everyone is talking about…. ;-)


Please click here to make a donation to LPP.


What LPP also needs is your resources, if you or someone know can help LPP put on a fundraiser it would be truly appreciated. Even if you just throw a BarBQ in your backyard, we would be grateful for your help.



Thank you for the support,


Nate Bradley

Executive Director,

Lawmen Protecting Patients


Fighting for patient rights…


Lawmen Protecting Patients (LPP), LPP was founded by former and retired members of the law enforcement community whose lives were changed by the use of medical marijuana. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of medical marijuana users and to educating medical cannabis patients.