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Santa Ana to Pay $100,000 to Dispensary at Center of Controversial Raid
Governing officials all over the nation will soon learn there can be savage consequences for continuing to bully the legal cannabis trade. For the city of Santa Ana, California, that lesson now involves coughing up a substantial settlement to prevent the owners of a local medical marijuana dispensary from going for the jugular in court after several cocky cops made a national spectacle out of themselves during a raid on the business last year.
A report from the Orange County Register indicates that Sky High Holistic has apparently applied enough legal pressure that the city of Santa Ana has agreed to pay a settlement of $100,000—money that will be split between dispensary volunteers Marla and David James and a physician who lost the use of his utilities as a result of the raid. The city has also agreed to drop all of the criminal charges.
“The settlement of civil rights claims and dismissal of criminal actions shows Santa Ana is taking responsibility for improper actions it took, including the raid of Sky High Holistic, in support of its lottery-based marijuana regulation ordinance,” Long Beach attorney Matthew Pappas said in a statement.
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Surprise! Big Pharma, Alcohol Fund Anti-Legalization Drives
Who do you think is pouring money into the campaigns against the legalization initiaves that will go before the voters in five states next month?
Well, an Oct. 22 exposé in the Guardian has confirmed what we already knew.
In August, the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics became the biggest donor to the campaign to defeat Arizona’s Proposition 205, making a $500,000 donation to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP). In making the donation, Insys cited concerns for child safety. But the Guardian points out the delicious irony: Insys manufactures Subsys—a prescription painkiller derived from fentanyl—a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. And the Phoenix New Times adds that Insys is under investigation in four states, including Arizona, for marketing practices related to Subsys that have allegedly resulted in patient deaths.
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