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22 Arrested In Medical Marijuana Sting

October 2, 2010

Medicinal Marijuana
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Police Use Non Patients As Bait

POSTED: 3:38 pm PDT October 1, 2010

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. — Law enforcement agents in Santa Clara County conducted a sting operation of medical marijuana delivery services Thursday by using non patients without a proper prescription as bait.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of 22 people and the seizure of 223 marijuana plant and nine firearms.

“This was just plain old drug dealing. Those arrested have perverted the important role of a caregiver for seriously ill patients for their own financial gain,” said Santa Clara Police Chief Stephen Lodge.

Police said the investigation also revealed that several delivery services followed the law and refused to deliver to non-patients. Courts have defined a “primary caregiver” as a person who consistently assumes the responsibility for the housing, health or safety of a medical marijuana patient, police said.

The California Supreme Court has ruled that a “primary caregiver” is not just a person who solely supplies or sells marijuana to a patient.

“I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg of people who are hiding behind the voter approved concept of medicinal marijuana to sell illegal drugs on an unprecedented scale,” said Lodge.

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