Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jerry Brown: Pot for Profit Will Land You in Jail

By Chris Thompson
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Jerry Brown, California's attorney general and Oakland's most famous cohabitant, has announced a crackdown on medical pot clubs that make millions in profits. According to the Chron, state drug agents raided a Northridge pot club over the weekend, and Brown has promised to target more clubs around California. Specifically, he's going after clubs that pretend to sell their product for strictly medical purposes, but are really large-scale drug operations in disguise. For those clubs that don't want to be in the crosshairs, Brown has released a lengthy set of guidelines on how to stay out of trouble. Some of them sound kosher: only sell to actual patients, for example. But what's up with this requirement to operate as a nonprofit? We know a lot of pot clubs can be a nuisance, and some are clearly a major drug operation. But, and we're really wondering this, does Brown have the legal authority to require medical dispensaries be nonprofit? Where was this written in Prop. 215 or subsequent state legislation?

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