California: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed In Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid Case


A federal lawsuit is being filed in the case of Santa Ana police officers who engaged in inappropriate behavior during raids of medical marijuana collectives. The officers were seen on hidden camera footage eating cannabis-infused edibles and threatening to kick a wheelchair-bound, legally blind dispensary volunteer.

The Law Office of Matthew Pappas, The Human Solution International, the Law Office of Anthony Curiale and The Swain Law Office will hold a press conference on Friday, July 3, 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Live, located at 900 W. Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Attorney Pappas and retired L.A.P.D. Deputy Chief Steve Downing will discuss additional video of Santa Ana officers engaged in inappropriate behavior during raids of medical marijuana collectives and will provide an update on evidence of political corruption related to Santa Ana's medical marijuana ordinance and lottery.

Patient Marla James will show a new electric wheelchair paid for and provided to her by a cannabis oil company in Colorado after people working for the company watched video of the May 26 Sky High collective raid in Santa Ana. Thereafter, attorneys Anthony Curiale, James Kajtoch and Stefan Borst-Censullo will discuss a multi-million dollar state claim for damages filed on behalf of patients attacked during April and May raids in Santa Ana.

In addition, the Swain Law Office will announce the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Kansas Department for Children and Families and State of Kansas.

Earlier this year, cannabis oil activist and Crohn's disease sufferer Shona Banda, who has successfully used cannabis oil to manage her disease and developed her own inexpensive method to extract it, had her home raided by police and son taken simply because she uses cannabis to treat her serious condition. Thereafter, the State of Kansas arrested Banda and charged her with felony marijuana violations exposing her to a potential 30-year jail sentence.

Joe Grumbine, president of the Human Solution International, a human rights organization based in Southern California, along with Rolland Gregg, one of five people charged by the federal government with violating federal law for growing marijuana for a family member with cancer and other seriously ill patients in Washington state, will discuss the federal government's refusal to comply with provisions of section 358 of the 2015 federal appropriations act barring federal funds from being used to interfere with implementation of medical marijuana laws in 35 states.

Attorney Matthew Pappas will discuss the filing of a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Justice Department from spending further money in the criminal case against Gregg.

Highlighting widespread corruption by city officials related to medical marijuana, Folmer Planning Commissioner Dean Gray will discuss a state lawsuit filed against the City of Desert Hot Springs for corruption, Brown Act violations and civil rights violations along with evidence presented that the Mayor of Desert Hot Springs along with other city officials were directly involved with medical marijuana collective applicants in that city's score-based ordinance that resulted in approval of the collective applicant for whom the Mayor now works.

Pappas will also discuss an additional federal lawsuit against the City of Anaheim filed by Tony Jalali seeking damages caused by Anaheim's continuing attack on him after he won against the federal government and city in a forfeiture action in 2013.

"While significant civil rights gains have been achieved in the last few weeks, seriously ill and disabled individuals continue to face discrimination and widespread corruption simply because medical cannabis is effective for them," The Human Solution announced in a prepared Thursday statement. "From taking children to jailing hundreds of thousands of Americans, the federal government as well as state and local governments continue to target patients."