Surveillance video showing three unidentified Santa Ana police officers running roughshod over a medical cannabis dispensary, its edibles, customers and employees may be used in the department’s internal affairs investigation, an Orange County judge ruled today.
Police union attorneys had argued that the officers had a reasonable privacy expectation since they were on-duty when a hidden camera recorded them making derogatory remarks about a disabled woman and purportedly eating cannabis edibles during the May 26 raid at Sky High Collective.
An Oakland labor leader who has advocated for a legalized, unionized cannabis industry in California has been charged in U.S. District Court for accepting bribes or kickbacks to both help and hinder unionization efforts.
Dan Rush — who was fired this week as the executive director of the cannabis division of the United Food and Commercial Workers union — allegedly took a $600,000 loan from a dispensary, among other transgressions. An FBI affidavit alleges that Rush began working off the loan by providing “various labor benefits to the (dispensary operator), including union support for opening dispensaries and reducing or eliminating pressure to unionize dispensary workers.”
The FBI affidavit is chock-full of alleged malfeasance, including this nugget: Rush used a dispensary operator’s credit card to pay phone bills of his Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club associates.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he signed a bill increasing the penalties for manufacturing hash oil or methamphetamine using volatile chemical solvents in residential California neighborhoods.
Three unidentified Santa Ana police officers shown in surveillance video running roughshod over a medical cannabis dispensary, its edibles, customers and employees are suing to keep the video from being seen by the internal affairs investigators who oversee police. Their union has their backs.