Pot Busts Not Leading To Arrests, Just 'Harassment'

“We have no rights.”

No arrests, no records seized.

“Harassment” is what some members of the medical marijuana industry are calling three Drug Enforcement Agency-led raids that took place yesterday.

R Side Medical at 31760 Casino Drive in Lake Elsinore and Compassionate Patients Association at 17504 Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village were both targeted by law enforcement Wednesday at approximately 8 a.m.

In conjunction with the Grand Avenue bust, a search warrant was also served to a home just outside Temecula.

In all three investigations, marijuana was seized from the locations, and surveillance cameras and alarms were cut off at the Lake Elsinore and Lakeland Village locations, but there were no arrests made, no records seized, and no computers taken, according to and Compassionate Patients Association head Ernest Acosta.

Acosta's home was the third location raided yesterday.

Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Sarah Pullen confirmed no arrests have been made as a result of Wednesday's raids, but marijuana was seized. At Compassionate Patients Association, 167 marijuana plants, 10.7 kilos of processed marijuana and 125 kilos of marijuana-laced edibles were seized; at Acosta's residence, 201 grams of marijuana were taken, she said.

At R Side Medical, 45 marijuana plants, 2.3 kilograms of processed marijuana and 41.2 kilograms of marijuana-laced edibles were seized, Pullen said.

Wednesday’s incidents aren’t unusual these days. Over recent months, law enforcement has worked to shutter medical marijuana operations countywide. Lthat also saw a federal search warrant served at Cooperative Patients' Services located at 43122 Via Dos Picos in Temecula.

The two facilities were founded by Doug Lanphere, who said he stepped down in June 2011 as an active director of the 3,000-member medical marijuana cooperative.

While marijuana was taken from the two facilities last month by law enforcement, Lanphere was never arrested.

Commenting today about the R Side Medical and Compassionate Patients Association raids, Lanphere said, “We have no rights.”

Medical marijuana operators and local law enforcement have been walking a fine line when it comes pot. Under California’s medical marijuana law, cannabis is legal when Ts are crossed and Is are dotted. All those interviewed for this article insist they have followed the letter of state law.

However, as a federal agency, the DEA doesn’t recognize California’s law: Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

The legal conflict has given cities and counties leeway in shutting down medical marijuana operations. , which confirmed that local jurisdictions can ban medical marijuana operations, has given authorities even more momentum, and a sweeping effort to shutter m

In the meantime but it will likely be years before rulings are issued.

Currently, under county code, marijuana “storefronts” or dispensaries are banned from operation. Otherwise, the county code follows state law in that cannabis can be used for medical purposes under strict guidelines. Many of the city ordinances follow the county code.

The recent raids are “very disconcerting” for Acosta, who said he had been operating Compassionate Patients Association for nearly two years.

He said he has an attorney and together they are reviewing next steps.

“My first priority now is to reach out to my members,” he said, noting that of his 2,000-person membership, he is very concerned about those who are terminally ill and/or rely on cannabis to ease pain.

“I want to make sure they get their medication and I am looking at alternate distributors for them,” he said.

For Carlos Stahl, he said he is not giving up the fight. Wednesday’s search was the sixth raid he has experienced, he said.

A Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran who claims he doesn’t have a criminal record – a statement backed up by Riverside County court records – Stahl said, “I am a Marine. I fought for this country. I will continue the fight for what is right.”

Stahl believes law enforcement is blatantly disregarding what California voters have put in place. He said police are using fear and intimidation tactics – instead of the courts – to eradicate what he believes is a legal industry under state law.

“When we have to fear the police, there’s something wrong in this country,” he said.

Stahl said he has talked to his lawyer about fighting to get his seized property returned but was advised the battle would be too costly.

“It’s all a game,” Stahl said. “They (police) are the ones breaking the law.”

Tonto April 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
julian, just let me know when you figure it out. I want a free ride in this world too :)
Anon April 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Just too fun getting a rise out of you. You are way too easy!
julian April 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Tonto, you didn't answer my simple question. "Why do you feel we should be subject to injustice (unfairness)"? I would love to hear your answer. I answered your question can't you do the same?
Anon April 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I should have been a psychology major, you would be so fun to write about. Too easy to get a rise out of. You go from hot to cold and back in seconds. Cant you see I am messing with you? Geez! Too fun though!
Anon April 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
LOL! Ok I am done for the day. Its been very entertaining but I have stuff to do.
julian April 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Can I draw you a picture? Cable costs 100$ a month and at most a smart phone from 30-100$ a month. Health insurance can cost from 414$-2000$ and more a month depending on the circumstances. The average deductable is 2900$.
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
checkmate :)
julian April 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I go on and on because your prejudice about short people is inane! What kind of stock do you come from? What other prejudices would like share with us today? I see you are prejudiced of people who live on Grand Ave for some reason? And you seem prejudiced about people who live in apartments. And you seem to like the lowlife charlie sheen (yuck!). I would love to live on Grand Ave. That fronts the lake doesn't it? That's the green side of the lake and very under appreciated. I have nothing against people who live in apartments either. Some of the most expensive real estate in the world are apartments (london, nyc, paris, monaco). You aren't winning, maybe in your mind you are but then again you are often delusional i have noticed, but you are a loser it seems to me. Again, read my words and have faith that they refer to reality because as much as you wish I was, I'm not lying to you. I am not short. I'm far from it. Height has nothing to do with anything other than your prejudices. I see you have fabricated an entire myth about SAM or ASM or whatever it is but that is your problem not mine. It says more about you than it does about me. Now can you please act like a grown up and show off some of that paid for grad school education you speak of? I haven't seen anything from you that I would attribute to a graduate student yet. As of now you are no poster girl for your graduate program or maybe you are it's just your program is very bad & desperate for students to pay them money?
julian April 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Look here she is making fun of short people for some weird reason. This is something 10 year old bullies do. And this is a 40something year old woman. Can you imagine? This is someone's mother? I can imagine what her kids are like. She doesn't like what I have to say so instead of using logic and reasoning to argue she resorts to prejudicial comments about my height but she has never met me. This is crazy. She is nuts.
LakeElsinoreLogic April 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Julian I truly agree with your above responses. It seems as though it's been forgotten we're all entitled to our own opinion regardless what it maybe...but AG thinks it is something special and deserves to bash others making impetous comments about their presumed living situations, their height, their college educations- when it has no concept of any of thoses...really wtf where did that vagrant come up with this stuff. Until it has walked in the shoes of a medically ill who uses MMJ it needs to mind it's own business, of which none of this truly is. Again go back to the trailer you slithered out of and stop with your frivolous comments. I agree, they really should keep scum like AG out.
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Ok, enlighten us...how do we all get a free ride?
Anon April 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Well, we are truly enlightened :)
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
dribble, dribble, dribble, .... check mate julian :)
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 11:23 PM
OH, well ....I am better than all....I traveled to Antarica and stayed in a big hotel ... dribble dribble. and ah .....I'm really better then you ....dribble..check mate :)
Tonto April 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You win julian. Please tell us what to do. Thanks :)
Roberto April 08, 2012 at 02:12 AM
And to think, Lil Julian was lecturing me when I puounded Tea Bag dip loving Poopeye. LOL!
ReviveTheConstitution! April 08, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Anon April 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Ok so I love this by the way. He talks down to everyone giving them the speach lets not call each other names, blah blah blah, then he gets to this point. This is exactly the reaction I was looking for. I call self rightous people like Julian, HYPOCRITES! They play right into your hand every single time! Typical liberal mentality ! When the going gets touch, you act like a whiney brat! Again, I WIN!! Thank you for proving me right Julian! Althought it really wasnt so hard. Love it!!
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Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 03:52 AM
You and william randolph herst should get together and have some beers. Maybe talk about more ways to mess up this world we live in. Fact is you know nothing about what your talking about. If the big oil and paper companies didn't have their heads so far up their hooha's you would know the truth.. but no.. you just have your opinion. did you know thc makes cancer cells stop mitosis? cancer reproduces itself so fast we can't stop it... thats why it kills people. thc stops cancer from reproducing and has shown to actually cause the cells of cancer to die! so study up you dumb***.
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
ya lamar get your head out of your dog's foodbowl
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
lori for president!
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
first of all, nicole ritchie... she is an idiot.. secondly, most likely was on pills too... thirdly, your again.. an idiot. I bet you think oil is the best source of energy too.
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:01 AM
drug is a multi-term... your just assuming they sell every drug... you should be more specific... like cannabis dealers. did you know henry fords first car was designed to run on hemp oil? hemp=cannabis=marijuana. also did you know one of the first publicized articles against marijuana went like this "Marhijuana!-it makes darkies think they are better than whites!"... anyone who is against pot is pro-this statement and they don't even realize it. this was printed on william randolph herst's newspaper right before prohibition was initiated. he owned the new york journal. You sir are a racist.
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:07 AM
What are you talking about... don't you drive around and see those homeless guys begging for change? they need money cuz they can't find a job cuz there are no jobs! here's argumentative: THC cures cancer. idiot. if we didn't have so many restricting laws scientist's could actually develop a medical pill that would literally cause cancer to kill itself. Also, were cutting down acres of rain forests which take hundreds and hundreds of years to grow back... while hemp(marijuana) is a much more durable and less costly alternative and can be replaced every three to four months! you sir are on my list of biggest self-righteous dumb donkeys. You and obama should go have a tea-party with your stuffed animals. :D!
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:07 AM
you sir deserve a milkshake :D!
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Gosh, poison ivy? that is just absolutely retarded... you have no real information to comeback with. Nicole richie is an idiot.. thats why she was driving the wrong way. is that your only excuse? haha read the article she was on VICODIN!!! NOT JUST MARIJUANA. If you did your research you'd find out that marijuana has been known to suppress the effects of other drugs... which means you have to take more of the other drug to even feel it... she was completely retarded on Vicodin that's why she drove the wrong way... i seriously hate you sooooo much right now.
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:28 AM
mmmk soo.. i did my reasearch..The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second.... its no different this year.. its only april and weve wasted 13 billion+. 12 billion is wasted just on pot not counting all the other drugs. half a million were arrested just for cannabis. Since December 31, 1995, the U.S. prison population has grown an average of 43,266 inmates per year. About 25 per cent are sentenced for drug law violations. if cannabis was legal and taxed it would create a constant yearly revenue of almost 20 billion dollars a year... paying for the war on drugs we actually need to keep out of our lives...and creating 5 billion more on top of it. in short... Thc is amazing, it cures cancer, it cures Alzheimer, it relieves schizophrenia(it doesn't cause it). everyone should try it just once. "smoke a blunt and see if your worries don't just lift away." stress is a killer and weed stops stress. just don't abuse it. People abuse alcohol, just like they abuse everything else... you can be addicted to caffine! don't drink coffee every morning because that is caffine abuse.. you wouldn't drink a beer every morning would you? maybe you would cuz you are an alcoholic... sorry for my rant.
Jonathan Reese April 30, 2012 at 04:29 AM
your a douche


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