Pubdate: Sat, 4 Jul 2009
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Copyright: 2009 Swift Communications
Author: Adam Jensen, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Bookmark: (Marijuana - Medicinal)


South Lake Tahoe city attorneys Jacqueline Mittelstadt and Patrick 
Enright have signaled police will begin enforcement against three 
medical marijuana providers who have opened in South Lake Tahoe over 
the past year.

Possession of amounts of marijuana in excess of the allowable state 
law amounts is a violation of both state and federal law," the 
attorneys wrote in a memorandum to the City Council dated July 7. 
"(South Lake Tahoe police) will soon commence pursuit of such illegal conduct."

Whether the city will give marijuana providers advance notice of 
police enforcement is an item on the agenda for the City Council's 
meeting on Tuesday.

Notice need not be given to the dispensaries prior to enforcement 
action (beginning); however, to ensure fairness the city may wish to 
provide prior written notice of commencement of enforcement," the memo states.

The city attorneys refer to the Police Officer's Association White 
Paper in contending that most storefront dispensaries fail to meet 
the requirements of California law.

But Cody Bass, a spokesman for Tahoe Wellness Collective, said the 
medical marijuana provider is operating in accordance with California 
law. He questioned whether the city could legally bust the collective.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department has to follow the state 
constitution," Bass said. "I'm personally not too worried about it."

Tahoe Wellness Collective became the second medical marijuana 
provider in South Lake Tahoe when it opened in January in the Bijou 
Shopping Center, and has more than 700 patients, Bass says.

If police did raid the collective, Tahoe Wellness Collective would 
reopen "within 20 minutes," Bass said Friday.

Members of the collective are expected to speak at Tuesday's meeting, 
Bass added.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in council chambers at the Lake Tahoe 
Airport. A full agenda and staff reports are available on the city's 
Web site, 
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