The counter narco squad in Tucson are targeting patients and they are being tried and found guilty under the old ARS 13 and not being give protection under ARS 36-2811.
We must stop this they are ignoring the Arizona constitution.
COUNTER NARCOTICS ALLIANCE CONDUCTING ILLEGAL RAIDS
"2811 Shield" Protects Medical Marijuana Cardholders
TUCSON, ARIZONA - After almost three years of illegally kicking in doors and busting the homes apart of legal, licensed medical marijuana cardholders, it has come to the attention of the Pima County Attorney's Office that these Counter Narcotics Alliance (CNA) raids are illegal.
A.R.S. 36-28, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, has a chapter in it, 2811, which specifically states that cardholders are not subject to criminal investigation, arrest, property seizure or forfeiture, or prosecution for cultivating and using cannabis if licensed by Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) to do so.
Apparently, nobody had bothered to read the law.
Medical marijuana cardholder and pro per defendant Paula Huff was trying to figure out just how, despite being diligent to stay within the bounds of the law, her home was raided and she was dragged outside naked and tortured on her porch for an hour and a half in front of all her neighbors by CNA officers who were perhaps just a bit too bonered up for a drug bust. This is no exaggerations, folks. Huff's neighbors, upon witnessing the naked porch torture, actually called the cops on the cops, sparking a Tucson Police Department Internal Affairs investigation. But that's a whole other article for later.
One thing Huff wanted to find out was whether the cops involved in the raid on her home were even trained in the laws they thought they were enforcing. And it turns out they aren't.
During Huff's investigation into the nature and cause of the CNA raid, it was revealed that instead of real, actual, legal POST training in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, all the Counter Narcotics Alliance got was a PowerPoint presenation produced by Phoenix Police Department.
Upon conclusion of the first four police officer interrogations, it became apparent that CNA officers may not even have watched Phoenix PD's PowerPoint presentation. When asked questions taken directly from the PowerPoint training materials, not a single CNA officer gave a single correct answer.
When asked whether law enforcement officers enforce medical marijuana laws, every police officer stated that yes, they do enforce medical marijuana laws, and even go so far as to do unwarranted searches of cardholders' homes to check for compliance with medical marijuana laws. It should be noted that several slides in the PowerPoint presentation are dedicated to the 2811 shield, and one slide has nothing but YOU DO NOT ENFORCE THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT right in the middle of the page.
The slides dedicated to the 2811 shield even have pictures on them to help the police officers to understand the concept. Despite a whole slide with nothing on it but a statement that cops don't enforce marijuana laws, and several more slides with pictures on them, none of the cops interrogated at the Pima County Attorney's Officer by Paula Huff were able to answer questions related to the 2811 shield correctly, and in fact confessed to committing crimes by conducting unwarranted searches and seizures, and arresting law-abiding, taxpaying medical marijuana cardholders under Title 13.
What does this mean if the cops are beating on your door? Well, the magic words in that case are, "I am a valid medical marijuana cardholder, I am not opening my door for you or leaving my home, and I am protected under the 2811 shield, so take your SWAT team and guns and armor and go home!"
If you are currently being prosecuted for Title 13 marijuana crimes when you had a valid medical marijuana card, then you need to file a motion to dismiss due to 2811 shield law. Read A.R.S. Title 36 Section 28 Chapter 11, and quote that directly in your motion, and your case should be tossed out posthaste, your property should be returned or you should be compensated for it, and everyone should be able to get back to living a life free of hassles and intrusion by an overzealous army of Arizona cops.
Patient Advocate Group
Come to Pima county here they don't care if you are legal or not you go to jail they take everything you own and let the courts sort things out. We are not hearing in the media about all the patients that are being arrested under ARS 13. This is in violation of our laws. Our county attorney is braking the law every time she prosecutes a patient without a 28.11 hearing. The AMMA gives the patient protections against arrest and loss of property. The courts may find in the patients favor but not until their lives have been turned upside down.
We have been talking with the Tucson City Council on making cannabis lowest police priority. Contact the mayor and your council person and ask them to support Measure AZ.
Demand that our elected officials respect the will of the voters. We elected them they work for us, our police take a paycheck from us we are their bosses. If they do not want to follow the law and respect the rights of the people then they should find a different job.
The 2016 initiative is written by big business. I have not read what they are wanting to be put forth but if like prop 203 it will benefit big business more than the people. 2014 lets get this done.
If you can vote and fight for our county protecting our rights they be responsible enough to make responsible adult choices.
Check all the research before you say something is a fact.
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