Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

August 9, 2010
'Wanted' poster of county inspectors blasts pot shop crackdown

A medical marijuana patients group has posted photos of Sacramento County building inspectors and code enforcement officers in an on-line 'wanted' poster accusing them of 'patient rights violations' for the county's effort to close pot dispensaries.

Officials have delivered closure orders on a dozen medical marijuana outlets operating in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County, declaring that there is no county ordinance that permits their operation.

Now a local advocacy group, Sacramento County Patients, has posted photos of four county officers taken from videos made by advocates during inspections of the pot shops.

"WANTED for patient right violations," the site declares. It goes on to declare that the county crackdown violates the will of voters that approved the Proposition 215 medical marijuana law in 1996.

"Overriding a voter enacted law by a small group of officials is not democratic," the site declares.

Carl Crawford, who directs the county's code enforcement decision, said his employees - featured on the site with their photos, county e-mail and phone numbers - were carrying out the directives of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

"These are public employees who apparently had their photos taken during the inspections," Crawford said. "We're just doing what the board is directing us to do - enforcing the zoning code."

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