Five Questions for Tom Allman

by Letters to the Editor, July 25, 2010

1) WRITTEN MEDICAL MARIJUANA INSTRUCTIONS TO DEPUTIES TO BE POSTED ON THE MCSO WEBSITE

Will the Sheriff's Office create and post comprehensive written medical marijuana guidelines to deputies to be used in the training of deputies about common encounters between law enforcement and qualified patients at the gardensite, i.e., a primary point of friction?

2) INDEPENDENT NEUTRAL THIRD PARTY GARDENSITE VERIFIER POINTS TOWARD A MORE TRUSTWORTHY PROCESS

Will the Sheriff agree to open the independent third party verifier process to include diverse patient input on criteria & choices, prior to decisions, not after decisions are made? This applies no matter which regulatory law is in place. (A sheriff's meeting consisting of verifier interviews is taking place Thursday July 22.)

The purpose of the third party verifier is to increase patient-grower trust in the process by way of a neutral witness. There must be patient input into the choices of the verifiers and the criteria used in making those choices, or it is not neutral. Decision-making solely on the part of the sheriff's office without patient participation is untrustworthy & likely to be skewed toward a law enforcement bias in violation of patients' rights.

This points to the need for a laison committee, such as a Citizens' Advisory Board or CAB, or an ombudsman, to communicate & run interference between local government agencies & the patient community on a range of relevant issues.

3) SHERIFF'S OFFICE CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT LED TO THE FEDERAL DEA RAID ON JOY GREENFIELD'S COVELO PROPERTY

Will the MCSO as well as the Board of Supervisors call for the proper authorities to initiate an investigation into what led to the federal DEA raid on Joy Greenfield's 90-acre Covelo property, in violation of Obama's federal policy, while she was simultaneously approved and protected by the Sheriff for a 99-plant exemption permit?

An investigation by the Ca Atty General's office may be the most appropriate avenue, since the Greenfield situation involves both the AG Guidelines and the Holder Memo.

A change in policy is required in light of the protection promised going terribly wrong & the DEA raid being widely condemned. Joy Greenfield, 68, elderly, nearly blind with glaucoma, the first 99-plant zip-tie exemption applicant on the sheriff's program, was raided on July 7 by the federal government with MCSO knowledge and complicity. All 99 plants were confiscat

4) SHERIFF'S OFFICE LENDING OF ASSISTANCE TO FEDERAL AGENCIES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

Does the Sheriff agree to not materially assist any branch of federal law enforcement involved in raiding zip tie patients approved by his office?
Examples of material assistance are:

a) the MCSO "leasing helicopters" to the feds for patient raids, including the Joy Greenfield raid.

b) COMMET deputies playing a plant eradication role on federal raids, instead of merely back-up for officer safety.

5) SHERIFF'S OFFICE USING ASSET FORFEITURE FUNDS FOR DEPUTY OVERTIME PAY IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

Will the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office decline to use citizens' forfeited assets to pay sheriff's deputies overtime pay?

a) Officers seizing money from citizens to pay themselves is a breeding ground for corruption and theft.

b) The federal rule is that law enforcement can use forfeited assets for overtime pay, since it is not considered salary.

c) This allows deputies to increase their budget by seizing private assets from their own constituents to pay themselves overtime salaries for the seizures.

d) We cannot solve our economic problems with asset forfeiture monies.

e) It only puts more stress on the economy exacerbating job losses, bankrupcies and home foreclosures already in free fall, pouring gasoline on  the fire.

f) It further erodes the value of the county's taxable base.

g) It further erodes the integrity of the office.

Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board

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