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Thursday, February 17, 2005

CHP sued for confiscating medical marijuana

By Michelle Locke, Associated Press

BERKELEY — Medical marijuana advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding California Highway Patrol officers stop confiscating pot from authorized users.

The lawsuit against the highway patrol — which also names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Bill Lockyer — says CHP's "rigid policy" of seizing medical marijuana "causes law abiding citizens to suffer pain, humiliation, loss of dignity, extreme anxiety and a fear of the police."

"It's been more than
eight years since California voters approved the right to use marijuana medically and since that time law enforcement has resisted upholding that right," said Kris Hermes, legal director of Americans for Safe Access, the Berkeley-based group bringing the lawsuit. "While this resistance is pretty widespread across California, CHP are the worst violators by far."


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