Marijuana Club Files $3M Suit Against SoCal City

April 19, 2012

A medical marijuana club is suing a Riverside County city for $3 million, claiming police are harassing its members.

The North County Times said the director of the Greenhouse Cannabis Club filed the suit Tuesday. It claims that Murrieta police are violating medical privacy laws and threatening patients with violence, arrest and detention.

The suit says police have targeted patients leaving the club and grilled them about their possession of medically prescribed marijuana. It asks a judge to strike down the city’s existing moratorium on drug dispensaries.

The club opened in January. Federal drug agents raided it last month and earlier this month a judge evicted the club from its premises.

Deputy City Attorney Bob Mahlowitz says the city hadn’t seen the suit Tuesday and couldn’t comment.

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