For just two ounces of cannabis, the tax payers in Long Beach are left floating the bill on a case that is unraveling for the prosecution each day as their house of cards falls apart.
By Sam Sabzehzar | November 30, 2011
Sources close to the prosecution, speaking on anonymity, have confirmed that even the Deputy DA doesn’t want to try this case, especially with some of decisions Judge Sheldon has made in only three days of trial so far.
Yet for Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, former operators of two medical cannabis dispensing center in Long Beach (both locations were selected in the controversial lottery for dispensary possibly dispensary locations, although tied to different people, including the rumor that retired LBPD is a partner on one of them) saw their store-front operations raided, railroading their lives ever since.
Perhaps the police department is being used, as Det. Oscar Valenzuela hinted at while confronting a witness that he appeared to have bullied (on tape) in order to get him to change his statement.
Perhaps the Deputy DA, Jodi Castano is having her strings pulled too. She did say that she doesn’t want to take this case on but is being forced to do so from above, and with a new tactic that is sure to fail.
Showing the very people who’s time is being wasted because the District Attorney refuses to lose, many questionable tactics are being implemented by Castano and Valenzuela, but Sandy Thomas is pulling their strings.
Even the court reporter was seen rolling her eyes at some of the statements made during Ms. Castano’s first witness, Oscar Valenzuela, a supposed medical marijuana expert.
The marijuana “expert” told the jury that 420 is rumored to mean different things, including the idea that there are 420 chemicals cannabis.
The California State Board of Equalization has already assessed the defendant’s bookkeeping and gathered that nothing was done improperly.
One of the charges have already been dropped, possession of marijuana.
When Joe Byron‘s attorney, Allison Margolin, attempted to have the case thrown out because of the tactics tugged by Thomas while the detective and Deputy DA dance, the judge is set on conducting things his way.
Sam Sabzehzar is one of the Co-founders of Medical Marijuana 411. With a foundation of investigative and transactional research on botanicals delivered to the body’s endocannabinoid system, Mr. Sabzehzar has developed unparalleled expertise in the cannabis industry. Throughout, he has established rich relationships with diverse individuals and organizations including nonprofits focused on advocacy, public policy, and science.