MMJ: City Leaders Subpoenaed Over Farm
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MMJ: City Leaders Subpoenaed Over Farm
Posted by CN Staff on April 27, 2011 at 06:09:50 PT
By Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Isleton, Sacramento County -- Folks in this dusty little delta town have never shied away from a fight. They've got a doozy on their hands right now.Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully has subpoenaed the entire city brass, from the police chief, mayor and city manager on down to former planning commissioners, to testify today before a grand jury - or possibly face jailing.
The reason? Isleton's leaders are being summoned because they approved a medical marijuana farm on the edge of town that Scully thinks in some way could violate state law, which would in essence make them a bunch of dope dealers.At least that's how the city brass is reading the subpoenas. This is a city that last drew headlines for liberally issuing concealed-weapons permits to anyone who asked. Over the past 16 years, it has also managed to rebuff seven scathing grand jury reports, including one in 2008 that called for the city to disband on the grounds that it was in "a state of perpetual crisis." The district attorney's latest insinuations have residents spitting mad."I guess you couldn't print the kinds of words some people are using around here, but let's just say I have never seen anything like how the district attorney is treating us - it's over the top, downright hostile," said City Manager Bruce Pope. "We're not going to just take it lying down."He said he and the other dozen people ordered to testify today in Sacramento intend to refuse to talk.  Taking The Fifth  "Oh, we'll show up because we legally have to, but we are going to plead the Fifth," Pope said, referring to the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which protects citizens from testifying on matters that incriminate themselves. "If the district attorney has a problem with medical marijuana, maybe she should just arrest herself, because the county already has dispensaries it's collecting money on, and the county pays her salary."Scully's spokeswoman, Shelly Orio, said her office has no comment. But a curt letter to the City Council that preceded the April 13 subpoenas said Isleton's decision to establish the pot farm probably "violates state and federal statutes" and could lead to charges against all local officials associated with it. Snipped  Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Wednesday, April 27, 2011Copyright: 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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