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Judges asked to help seize almost $1 million in illegally possessed marijuana

However, in this case, the ones possessing the marijuana illegally are law enforcement officers, who stole it from medical marijuana patients. As Reuters reports, “Californians want their marijuana back”.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A group of 38 California medical marijuana patients have filed legal motions asking the federal government to give them back their pot worth nearly a million dollars. ….

“We’ve discovered a culture of resistance within law enforcement,” said Kris Hermes, legal coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana group, on Tuesday. “Many agencies across the state just don’t comply with the law. Patients are being arrested or having their medicine seized in nearly every police encounter.”

The group filed a series of motions in California courts seeking a return of the marijuana valued at $970,000. Failing the return of the plants, they seek cash compensation.

Libby at Last One Speaks has more.

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