Late last week, an Oregon State trooper staked out 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana clinic near the Idaho border. Apparently the trooper issued citations to people as they left the building, including a $1000 ticket for “residue” on a used pipe. Elvy Musikkam, famous in MMJ circles as one of only four US citizens currently to have a federally-authorized MMJ patient card (as well as a state card), was one of the patients caught in the round-up.
Why this extra-zealous police activity? According to Russ Belville, outreach coordinator for NORML, the federal department of justice has been urging state police to go after state card-carrying patients. However, the feds neglected to let the troopers know there’s such as thing as a federal MMJ card. Awkward!