California City to Pay $100G to Settle Marijuana Dispensary Raid Lawsuit

Article by The Associated Press via Fox News

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A California city will pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging police harassment during a raid on a marijuana dispensary.

The city of Santa Ana will also drop misdemeanor charges against a dozen people accused of unlawfully operating Sky High Holistic, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday.

Attorney Matthew Pappas said the money will go to two Sky High volunteers and an unrelated doctor whose nearby office was affected by last year’s raid.

The suit was filed after surveillance video showed police playing darts and an officer making demeaning comments about a woman in a wheelchair. Another officer can be seen eating what appears to be a pot-laced edible, according to the lawyer.

Santa Ana Deputy City Manager Roberto Cortez declined to discuss the settlement, the newspaper said.

The suit alleged that Mayor Miguel Pulido and other city employees favored certain dispensaries. It said the city put up a ballot proposal, Measure BB, for the November 2014 election, soliciting payments from collectives with the promise of winning a spot in an eventual marijuana permit lottery.

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