How to Survive a Marijuana Raid (or Just Having Some Weed on You)

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Sorry, thought we smelled pot
Just how legal is marijuana, anyway? So legal that news of grow house raids and Emerald Triangle busts -- such as the monthlong, federally overseen Operation Full Court Press -- are regular features of the news. In these very web pages, we've recounted tales of numerous legal medical cannabis growers, providers and users who have run afoul of the law only to be vindicated in court -- when money and grows have all been sacrificed.

Partly in response, several of the city's marijuana advocacy groups hosted raid training sessions last week. SF Weekly attended one of these primers for pot purveyors' encounters with cops, and what did we learn? UN Plaza is federal property, nobody wins when there's pot smoke at the bus stop, and the mere smell of smoke can be probable cause.

Oh, and how to sit when someone's pointing an assault rifle at you.

Some other things we learned ....

Carry your medical recommendation at all times:
So you paid good money for that doctor's note, and you suffer from the appropriate ailment which makes you a "seriously ill Californian," according to Proposition 215. Don't leave home without it!

Federal property: Avoid it.
A good place to start is government property, as in, never go there. Ocean Beach might seem like a fine place to light up a spliff, but any park ranger can issue a ticket or haul your stoned ass to jail, because places like that are not San Francisco. It's federal property, and medical marijuana isn't something federal authorities recognize. This goes for the federal building on Golden Gate Avenue as well as the nearby fountain at UN Plaza.

Is smell probable cause?
If San Franciscans called the police every time a waft of burnt cannabis aroused olfactory attention, overworked 911 dispatchers would likely strike. However, scent has proved enough for police to perform searches and judges to sign warrants, according to defense attorney Derek St. Pierre, whose clients learned this the hard way. Do what you can to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Of course, if your situation involves fans, lights and the 24/7 smell of fresh plants consistent with a grow house, you'll need another line of defense.


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Smith
Smith

Medical Marijuana Is a legal ..........................

Marijuana isn't great national authorities recognize

If you have it in your residence you disserve to be robbery.

Emma Pope
Emma Pope

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Emma Pope
Emma Pope

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LovelyCee.
LovelyCee.

So my house got raided last week. But they came at us hard... police, swat team, ice, everything. I was put in handcuff because i asked for the search warrant. My dad got Operated he had a kidney transplant a few months ago & they still thru him in the ground & put him on handcuffs. They ended up having a search warnt for my house but not my back house & they killed my uncles dogs in the back. (Pittbulls) which i dont get it when the dog where put away!!!! they came in shooting & popping bomb my nephew woked up with riffles pointing at him & now when he goes to sleep he wakes up crying.... they were in my house from 6 pm till like 2 in the morning. They took my brother, cousing, and uncles the ICE. the found in my house only a marijuana plant, & some personal use weed but i have my medical card so i dont get it??? the cops are full of BS!! and like they didnt have nothing to put at my brother they deported him... they first took him to the 77th police station but they didnt want him because they said they had no reason to lock him up so they deported him!!! is scary when its all happening to you...but i find no good reason for them to come to my house tramatize my nephews almost send my mother to the hospital for some personal use marijuana everybody in the block said they came like they were looking for osama bin laden!!! they waisted there time, our time & when people REALLY need them to be somewhere there NEVER there or show up ALLL LATE!

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Live it and you will understand.I was screwed by a ROGUE DAprop 215 was nebulousI won My appeal read it it tells the truth that a COP LIED.Officer DUDLEY lied BUT I won my appeal.EVENTUALLYBecause IT's NOT ILLEGAL if you have a doctors permission.READ ITPeople vs GiangiobbeTelling the court I use the word "HOMEBOYS" in my vocabulary.PLEASENot a chance I am TOO OLD

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

San Francisco needs a campaign to legalize and make growing safe.Have a FULL COURT PRESS to Obtain Cards and ELECTRICAL PERMITS for growing PROPERLY and SAFELY.AS well as a way for a non profit to cultivate as a co-opAS well as individual patient permitsThe End product kicks butt and the city is happy.The police GO AWAY !REALLY.Most of the busts are grows that have been stealing power or stupidly not having a medical card because they were PARANOID.as well as GREED.Breaking the 100 rule MAY get a visit from the FEDS.That is 100 plants BUDDING and STINKING100 pounds of FINISHED PRODUCT.and 100 thousand dollars CASH.GEE I feel you can GET THE GIST.GREED may cause issues anywhere unless you grow in a conservative county.Then your screwed no matter whatTake Solano County for EXAMPLEI lived it.I had a police officer LIE LIKE HELL.Officer DUDLEY (no kidding can';t make this crap up if I wanted to)He told a lie in COURT.He said "He Said  I am going to sell some "to my homeboys."TO BEGIN WITH I DO NOT TALK THAT WAY AT ALLI do not talk with "HOMEBOYS".as part of my vocabulary.Read the Appeal.People vs GiangiobbeI won my appeal but the damage is done by a ROGUE DADave Paulson who just retired,PIG !!and a Judge who hated me.LUIS VILLARREAL he just retired too.THE STATE PASSES A LAW that is VAGUE and then POLITICS happen

Boc
Boc

Marijuana is illegal. If you have it in your house you diserve to be raided.  

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Just the kind of IGNORANT BLISS that a nebulous prop 215 will cause

John
John

"No police officer can enter your home without a search warrant." This is incorrect.  A police officer may enter  your home without a warrant if he/she has probable cause - such as smelling something illegal, seeing something illegal, or pursuing a suspect who is attempting to flee.

negrodamus2
negrodamus2

Kill the Commerce Clause in the Constitution, congress and the Supreme Courts have used this tool to expand all unjust power.  Then arrest all the Supreme Court Justices that are scumbags and hang them.  +the War Mongers.

Dongetit
Dongetit

Photo of Elian Gonzalez...really guys?

Poli-sigh
Poli-sigh

Is that the pic of elian gonzalez?

geust
geust

"No police officer can enter your home without a search warrant." This line is bullshit. Once you open the door they can enter as long as they have any probable cause that they or others may be in danger. So if they suspect you are doing anything illegal, they'll assume you have weapons, and they will enter. They can then look in any room or container that is not locked.

SeanD
SeanD

Also, secure your dogs. If there is the slightest hint of a threat they will be shot.

Akit
Akit

Here's one for you college stoners, don't carry or use it on a public university campus.  Colleges and universities are funded with federal money and that means campus officials and cops must follow federal law and not state voter approved medicinal laws.  Officials knows, if they don't enforce it, there's a risk of losing federal education dollars.

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