D.A. rejects marijuana raid case

June 15, 2007

, Jewish Journal

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has rejected a case against the operator of a Van Nuys medical marijuana pharmacy that was raided in April by police who allegedly desecrated a mezuzah at the shop.After responding to a burglary at Karma Collective and finding cannabis-containing baked goods, Los Angeles police arrested 23-year-old Diana Hahn, one of several operators of the collective, which under state law sells marijuana to patients with doctor recommendations. Police had maintained that pot in edible forms was not protected by Proposition 215 - the Compassionate Use Act - or subsequent legislation.

The district attorney had until last Tuesday to file charges against Hahn, who was out on $100,000 bond. Her attorney, David Kestenbaum, said he would still pursue a grievance filed with LAPD regarding alleged ill behavior against Karma operators. They claim police treated them like criminals and not burglary victims and that officers lowered a mezuzah and removed its sacred parchment; police have denied this.

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