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$50,000 in marijuana stolen from home; owner asks police to investigate

For this crime victim, calling the police was definitely a brave move.

Newport Beach police are investigating a man who claims the 25 pounds of marijuana stolen from his home over the weekend were legally grown. Authorities would not identify the man because, at this point, he's considered the victim of a residential burglary.

At about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, a resident in the 20000 block of Spruce Avenue in Santa Ana Heights called police saying he was witnessing two men breaking into a neighbor's home. The men used a hammer to break the glass on the front door and get inside, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

The homeowner said boxes packed with marijuana worth about $50,000 were taken, Burdette said. The homeowner told police he has a permit that allows him to grow marijuana. Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, said City Atty. David Hunt.

"Man reports stolen marijuana to police"

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I don't think even medical users are allowed to have that much marijuana. I'm a medical user myself and see no reason to have that much marijuana around unless you're intending to sell it. It probably wasn't the best idea to tell the police that his giant stash of weed was stolen.

Umm, you know this kind of story just doesn't work anymore since there are at least a couple of hundred people in California prisons for ripping off members of the medical cannabis community, right? No, I guess you missed that news flash.

The CUA was passed in 1996, SB-420 in 2004, 3 trips to the SCOTUS leaving the law intact, and a laundry list of California Supreme Court rulings upholding the rights of patients claiming the protection of the CUA/SB420.

Umm, you know this kind of story just doesn't work anymore since there are at least a couple of hundred people in California prisons for ripping off members of the medical cannabis community, right? No, I guess you missed that news flash.

The CUA was passed in 1996, SB-420 in 2004, 3 trips to the SCOTUS leaving the law intact, and a laundry list of California Supreme Court rulings upholding the rights of patients claiming the protection of the CUA/SB420.

It's time for the "metro staff of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA5News to move into 21st century California.

One would think that someone who had $50K worth of marijuana in his home would consult an attorney before calling the police department. I wonder if he was too stoned to consider the numerous negative results the call might cause within and beyond State marijuana laws.

I can hardly wait for the follow-up on this crime.

hahahaha!

"Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, said City Atty. David Hunt."

But the state does. That said, 25 lbs is WAY over the county limits.

I just wonder how they will identify the marijuana as his assuming they find it.

Sounds as if he uses his product often.

What an idiot....uh hello 911....yeah uh i'm a major drug dealer and someone like stole my stash...


Book that trafficker!

"Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, said City Atty. David Hunt"

But Cailfornia does!

This is the M.O. of the Minutemen.

welcome to the game !!!!!!!!!! to bad

Call the IRS on this idiot.

what a buzz kill.

Can you imagine George Washington or Thomas Jefferson applying to the State of Virginia for a permit to grow cannabis?

Did you know that the written records of both former U.S. presidents document and confirm that both grew large quantities of marijuana on their Virginia plantations?

Yes, any prosecution for the "crime" of growing marijuana is about as unAmerican as it gets.

Officers of the Court, Law Enforcement: You take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. Is it too much to ask that you also take the time to learn just a little basic U.S. history? Wouldn't it be nice if you had some idea of what a free country is supposed to look like? Wouldn't it be a good idea to have some idea what our Founding Fathers considered basic natural rights?

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

– Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, First Secretary of State of the United States, Third President of the United States, Founder of the University of Virginia, Marijuana Grower.

Read the article. This guy's neighbor called police, not him.

Wow, what a pack of uninformed clowns. Go read Kelly if you think there's any set limits. Sorry, no limits in the CUA, all it has to be is provably for medical use. No dispensaries with 25 pounds in stock? WAMM doesn't have way, way more than 25 lbs at harvest time? Shirley, you jest.

If anyone wants to bet money that this fellow is free and clear of State charges 6 months from now, give me a call. I am going to have to verify that you actually own the money you want to bet.

It is up to the Doctor how much cannabis you can grow and possess. the State has a floor that cities/counties cannot go under. You do not have to get a permit from the city/County, your permit is your recommendation which is NOT a prescription.
California police are to enforce State law, not Federal which is why our local PD's and sheriffs do not enforce immigration laws, etc unless they have an agreement with the Fed's but then it is usually as an assistant or when processing into the jails.
There are many misconceptions and rumors about the law. If you want to really know what is legal/illegal just read SB420, Prop. 215 and the applicable Health and Safety Codes that apply, it is pretty simple. and yes, being a patient includes the right to posses hash, edibles, etc. Americans for Safe Access and NORML are good places for information.
You can leave a bottle of aspirin, alcohol, prescription on the table and if your kid/pets eats too many they die, this cannot happen with cannabis, they will pass out long before. Cannabis has been used for over 5,000 years as a medicine. Funny how they do not want you to grow your own but they are fine with you buying theirs in pill form.
The War on Drugs is a joke, it just makes profits and major banks help launder the money for cartels, just do a quick search.

This is one of the reasons why Prohibition is a horrible idea. When rip-offs occur, the victim has no legal recourse. This is why you do not see people being shot over truckloads of Coors, but you *do* see them being shot over truckloads of brick weed.

Legalize it, the price drops, normal recourse is obtained, and the violence dissipates.


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