Resolution to Stop LAPD Complicity in Federal Medical Marijuana Raids

WHEREAS, the people of California voted in a 1996 statewide ballot initiative (Prop 215) to legalize the use and sale of medical marijuana for people suffering intense nausea and chronic pain related to cancer, arthritis, HIV, and other debilitating illnesses;

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles Police Department assisted the federal
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in conducting raids and arrests at 10 Los Angeles medical marijuana pharmacies (July, 2007) and in seizing the assets of a Northern California hospice-care medical marijuana pharmacy (Berkeley Patient Group), and has vowed to continue to participate in such federal medical marijuana raids, thus targeting and instilling fear in the Los Angeles disabled and gay communities;

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles Police Department works, first and foremost, for the people of the City of Los Angeles, not the federal DEA, and, could better serve our community by focusing on violent crimes such as homicide, drive-by shootings, armed robbery, and rape;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the LACDP urges Mayor Villaraigosa, Police Chief Bratton, and all members of LA-area law enforcement agencies to respect California law legalizing the sale and use of medical marijuana by refusing to take part in federal raids involving the sale and distribution of medical marijuana at facilities licensed under California law, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the LACDP will send copies of this resolution to Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Timothy Landrum and Public Information Officer Sarah Pullen (LA DEA office); Mayor Villaraigosa; Police Chief Bratton; LA County Sheriff Baca; the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles Police Commission.

Authored by Marcy Winograd & Margie Murray

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Comm, 10/02/07

Passed by Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 10/9/07