a San Diego medical Marijuana provider who was arrested last February
as part of Operation Green Rx (aka Operation Endless Summer), told me
that the chief investigative officer in his case testified on the stand
that he bases his expert testimony, as far as "medical Marijuana
training," on a handout from something called the Narcotic Educational
Foundation of America, "Drug Abuse Education Provider of the California
Narcotic Officers' Association."
In this toxic little screed, with the title Use of Marijuana As A "Medicine"
quotes are theirs), we learn right off the bat -- in the first
sentence! -- that "Marijuana, a plant from the cannabis family, is
illegal and highly psychoactive." No mention of the fact that medical
use of Marijuana is legal, mind you -- and this in materials used to educate law enforcement officers
bet you thought that the issue of medical Marijuana was settled when
Proposition 215 was voted in back in 1996. Not so fast! You're just a
civilian. The cops know better; and guess what? It sure looks as if the
cops get to pick which laws they like, and which ones they want to
ignore. "Marijuana IS NOT A MEDICINE," the "educational"
pamphlet screams at its gun-toting, badge-wearing readers.
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|Misinformation has consequences: Inaccurate handout used in officers' court testimony|
More than a decade after California voters spoke loudly and clearly on
the topic, these folks just aren't giving up the pot culture wars.
You'd think the "medical Marijuana training" of law enforcement
officers might include the rather pertinent fact of its legality -- you know, seems like that would merit at least a mention. Reading the sordid little hate-filled
pamphlet, you keep expecting to eventually encounter some level-headed
caveat for these eager officers, some kind of sensitivity training,
some sort of warning that since Marijuana is, in fact, legal in this state for medical use, that officers must be careful to protect the rights of patients. But it never comes.
well-intentioned leaders and members of the public have been misled by
the well-financed and organized pro-drug legalization lobby, into
believing there is merit to their argument that smoking Marijuana is a
safe and effective medicine," the pamphlet informs officers. "There is no justification for using Marijuana as a medicine."
the officers have been, er, "trained" as to the illegitimacy of medical
Marijuana, they are dutifully informed that it is just ever so immoral
and icky as well. "We have seen first hand the debilitating and often
tragic results, both psychologically and physically, of those who
choose intoxication as a part of their lifestyle," the pamphlet laments
in one particularly purple passage.
pamphlet then attempts to cloak its (legally incorrect for California)
estimation of Marijuana's uselessness as medicine and its enormous
moral judgments around the weed in some sort of scientific
respectability by citing outdated studies, all of which have been since
refuted by more modern findings.
actually scary what goes on in court," Davidovich told me. "I really
hope that somehow a stop can be put to this. This is one of the reasons
I am so public about these hateful people. There are a lot of patients
who are needlessly suffering here in San Diego."