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Littlefield V. County of Humboldt: Validity of Prescription Medical Marijuana at Discretion of Police Officers (Prop. 215, CA Health and Safety Code 11362.5)

In a landmark decision, a First Appellate District Court has upheld the original decision in Littlefield v. County of Humboldt, in which 5 family members with prescriptions for medical marijuana (see Prop 215; CA Health and Safety Code § 11362.5) had their crops destroyed by members of CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) and the Humboldt County Sherriff’s Department.  The Littlefields maintain that such a search and seizure and loss of property was unconstitutional and illegal – the appellate court says differently. Key to the issues in this case is whether or not an officer of the law has the right to determine...

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Facebook Co-Founder Sheds Light on Need for Immigration Reform

In the state of California, immigration issues have long remained at the forefront of many political debates.  Now, Mark Zuckerberg, made famous for being the founder of Facebook, has thrown his hat in by creating “Fwd.us.,” an advocacy group for immigration reform.  This announcement comes on the back of San Francisco State student Jose Vargas, who revealed just two years ago that he is an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Many families are broken apart every day because of criminal charges levied against non-citizens living in California.  Depending on the class of immigrant that an individual falls into (legal alien,...

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First District Court of Appeals in Oakland Overturns Murder Conviction

The First District Court of Appeal in Oakland has unanimously determined to reverse the decision of two lower courts to effectively overturn a murder charge against Jamie Thomas in the death of Samuel Navarro.  This higher appeals court decision was made on the basis that jurors in the original trial were not given the option to consider that Thomas had acted in a fit of passion.  Thus, the second-degree-murder charge against him (for which he has already been sentenced 40 years to life) has been overturned. The original incident happened in 2007 in Oakland, on Pearl Street – a traditionally peaceful...

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Marijuana Grow House Discovered During Fire Response in San Francisco (CA Health & Safety Code §11358)

Around 1a.m., close to John McLaren Park, firefighters and other local law enforcement officials were called out to a residential fire in the 100 block of Tucker Avenue.  Although no one was inside the home at the time of the fire, marijuana grow house equipment was found in 5 of the rooms. Those first on the scene suspected that something was off when they had a good bit of difficulty breaking into the residence.  Investigators believe that faulty electrical equipment may have caused the blaze and the house was not operating with power from PG&E. In the state of California, Health...

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