San Diego District Attorney Is Ordering Raids At The Same Time The Court System Is Saying It's Wrong
By Eugene Davidovich, San Diego Americans for Safe Access
SAN DIEGO - Wednesday, October 24 a dozen armed, masked NTF agents stormed Next Generation, a legal medical marijuana collective located onSan Ysidro Blvd. inSan Diego.
The raid came just hours after the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District reversed Jovan Jackson's conviction. In that case, Jackson was operating a collective in San Diego which was raided by the same NTF team. Following a year long trial, Jackson was acquitted by a jury of his peers. Refusing to accept the jury's decision, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' office raided Jackson's collective a second time and re-filed all the charges.
This time Dumanis managed to get the case in front of Judge Shore, a vocal opponent of medical marijuana, who promptly denied Jackson a defense in state court. Without a defense or the ability to rely on state law allowing for collectives and cooperatives, the second jury convicted Jackson.
The decision to deny Jackson a defense drew outrage from the community and the attorneys in the case. Americans for Safe Access, the nations leading medical marijuana advocacy group, picked the case up on appeal and has spearheaded the effort to reverse the conviction since.
Less than two weeks after oral arguments were heard on Wednesday, shortly before the raid on Next Generation was executed, a unanimous decision was published by the court. The court of appeals reversed Jackson's conviction and affirmed the legality of dispensaries. The narrow definition espoused by the Dumanis' office that all patients must somehow be part of growing the actual plant for the dispensary to be legal under state law, was completely thrown out.
The raid on Next Generation was clearly a retaliatory attack against the community.
Without warning at 2:00pm on Wednesday masked gunmen rushed in with guns drawn, threw patients on the floor, confiscated medicine, the collective's money, medical records, and anything else they could find of value. Not a single person was arrested at the raid, clearly proving the force used during the raid as excessive and unnecessary.
Minutes after the raid started, the San Diego ASA raid response team was on the scene with a bullhorn, protest signs, and a camera.
Watch the video to see what happened next: