SLO Home Invasion's Goal: Medical Marijuana


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A recent home invasion robbery in San Luis Obispo has investigators believing the victims were specifically targeted. They say the robbers were after a stash of medical marijuana they knew was inside the home.

At around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, three masked men forced their way into a home in the 1200 block of Fredericks Street.

One of the suspects was armed with a rifle, another with a baseball bat.

The suspects forced one of the victims to open a safe, containing marijuana and a large amount of money. After taking what was in the safe, the suspects then took personal items from the victims.

Those three suspects remain on the loose tonight. Police know very little about what they look like because the robbers were masks.

Police believe the house was targeted because of what was inside: two pounds of medical marijuana. They believe the robbers knew what they were looking for and exactly where to go to get it.

One of the victims who lives in the house is legally allowed to possess and cultivate medical marijuana and had the paperwork to prove it.

"We don't just take people's word for it," says Dan Blenke San Luis Obispo Police Department. "People have to be able to produce paperwork and then we could make follow-up phone calls or check with a police department in another jurisdiction and have them do some follow-up for us to make sure that the information that they're giving us is legitimate and that's what happened in this case."

In 1996, Proposition 215 was passed in California, making it one of 12 states where it's legal for certain people to possess and cultivate marijuana.

"The concept of medical marijuana is something that law enforcement is ... let's just say they're hostile to that idea fundamentally, because a big part of their job is marijuana prohibition," says attorney Louis Koory. "That's a big part of their job and that's a big part of their budget."

While medical marijuana is legal under state law, federal law doesn't see it that way. And that makes these cases frustrating for local police.

Since the victim was licensed to have marijuana, police do not plan to charge him with a crime.

If you have any information about this crime, call the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Newshawk: User - 420 Magazine
Source: KSBY Spirit
Pubdate: 1 December 2006
Author: Stacy Daniel
Copyright: 2006 Local Solutions Network
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thats crazy man, i go to school at cal poly and Frederick st. is a 2 minute walk from campus. I also read you post about SLO residents ID cards. do you live in the area?
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