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Texas Women Endured Aggressive Fondling of Private Parts In Public Two Texas women are filing a lawsuit after state troopers gave them an aggressive roadside body cavity search last July -- supposedly "searching for drugs" -- which was caught on video. Female state trooper Kellie Helleson is seen aggressively fondling the private parts of Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece Ashley Dobbs, 24 -- in full view of passing vehicles, reports the Daily Mail. The women said the trooper used the same rubber gloves for both of them. They said Trooper Helleson used her fingers to publicly probe their anuses and vaginas on the roadside. They were stopped by Helleson's colleague, Trooper David Farrell, on State Highway 161 near Irving, Texas, after he claimed he saw one of them throw a cigarette butt out the car window. Trooper Farrell can be heard in the disturbing video asking the women about marijuana, although he failed to find any evidence whatsoever of cannabis in the vehicle. The trooper requested that the women be searched after claiming they were "acting weird." He then tried to "morph this situation into a DWI investigation," the lawsuit states, reports Kevin Krause of the Dallas Morning News. Angel Dobbs passed a roadside "sobriety test," and the women were released after being warned for littering. Helleson irritated an anal cyst Angel Dobbs suffers from during the cavity search, causing Dobbs "severe and continuing pain and discomfort," according to the lawsuit. "Angel Dobbs was overwhelmed with emotion and a feeling...
No Grey Sky, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, has sued the United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, claiming that the federal crackdown is an illegal crusade that threatens to prevent thousands of patients from having safe access. The collective and its members are seeking an injunction agains the DoJ, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the DEA, whose agents raided its downtown storefront this month,j reports Matt Reynolds at Courthouse News. No Grey Sky said it has been licensed by the state of California to dispense medicinal cannabis, and that Atty. Gen. Holder is acting "in excess of the government's authority granted by the Controlled Substances Act" by threatening to shut it down. According to No Grey Sky, continuing its business is "vital to the safe and affordable distribution of medical cannabis to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain, life-threatening and severe illnesses, diseases, and injuries." The dispensary said it has complied with all state laws concerning distribution of medical marijuana. No Grey Sky maintains that medical marijuana dispensaries have operated lawfully and "transparently" to offer relief to thousands of patients after voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, and that Los Angeles established an ordinance to allow providers to distribute medicinal cannabis, according to the federal complaint. The dispensary further avers that marijuana collectives have provided "billions of dollars in revenues." The complaint points out candidate Barack Obama's 2007 promise that dispensaries following state medical marijuana laws would be left alone. But in 2010 L.A....
One medical marijuana patient collective in Los Angeles is taking a unique approach in its fight to defend itself from being forced to close. It is targeting the L.A. Police Department in a lawsuit. Other suits have been filed by other dispensaries and collectives following the city council's unanimous decision to ban the shops from operating, but this is the first lawsuit to directly take on the city's police department, reports the Cannabis Law Group. The case is Collins Collective v. City of Los Angeles, LAPD. Cannabis Law Group attorney Damian Nassiri is handling the case. According to the collective, the reason for the suit is that L.A. police officers, in violation of California law, threatened "severe repercussions" on August 13 if the collective continued in its efforts to establish a storefront dispensary. Cops said that if the collective opened, they would forcibly shut it down and arrest the members. The collective continued undeterred in its efforts, and members were then visited again by LAPD officers, who again threatened forcible closure and criminal prosecution. Bear in mind that Collins Collective, back in May, submitted its proposed articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State. The state legally recognized the collective on that same day as a medical marijuana, nonprofit, mutual benefit organization founded with the express purpose of growing cannabis and facilitating transactions for medically authorized members. The right of the collective to operate is just such a manner is spelled out in California's Health & Safety Code section 11362.775. Los...