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SCPD has no enforcement policy about the use/possession of medical marijuana
I made a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request to protect the civil rights of two disabled homeless individuals I represent who are medical marijuana users. Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) Records Manager Trisha Husome responded that there are no responsive records to this request. Why doesn't the SCPD have any policies about enforcement against users and possession of medical marijuana?
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Please view the CPRA request to SCPD Records Manager Trisha Husome about medical marijuana use and possession as well as her response, all by email. Why wouldn't the SCPD have any policies regarding enforcement against users and possession of medical marijuana? Why doesn't the SCPD have guidelines for its officers regarding medical marijuana? Could it be that SCPD officers apply arbitrary standards when they encounter medical marijuana users or those possessing medical marijuana? Might the SCPD treat different classes of people — for example homeless individuals, minorities and teenagers — differently than others when they encounter medical marijuana users or those possessing medical marijuana?
I ask those who have been cited or harassed by the SCPD for using or possessing medical marijuana to submit comments to this story. Santa Cruz voters — who overwhelmingly support medical marijuana use and possession — must know if the SCPD is applying a double standard to medical marijuana use and possession.
This is important: if you use or possess medical marijuana you must know if you are a likely target of police harassment.
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SCPD Records Manager Trisha Husome claims that the SCPD has no policies regarding enforcement against medical marijuana use and possession.
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SCPD Records Manager Trisha Husome misrepresented in response to my original California Public Records Act (CPRA) request that the SCPD had no policy about the use and possession of medical marijuana. So I broadened my request to mean any type of marijuana use and possession. Bingo! Suddenly she produced a Policy Section 452 entitled "Medical Marijuana".
Did she lie to me the first time? Why didn't she produce this policy in response to my first CPRA request?