STOP THE MADNESS!
Ha! Had the same problem years ago when I'd left my U.S. ID at the hotel and couldn't get a six-pack at the liquor store [Gabriel San Roman's "Matrícula Madness," June 10]. I did have both my Japanese driver's license and Japanese version of a green card (the latter with both Japanese and English notation), but it was a no-go. Had to hoof it back to the hotel room and return—about a mile, uphill, each way.
Proof Bar was wise to not risk tangling with the ABC. This is not a racial issue; it's [the bar's] livelihood.
Kaonashi, via ocweekly.com
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Not paying taxes and stealing electricity will definitely cause your collective to go up in smoke [Nick Schou's "Buds," June 10]. I have spoken with the State Board of Equalization, and they have told me they are monitoring the collectives and whether or not they obtain a seller's permit and pay sales tax.
One major question left unanswered by this article is whether the collective was properly formed as a nonprofit, mutual-benefit corporation or other legally recognized entity such as an unincorporated association. That paperwork, along with items such as a seller's permit can be used as evidence to have these charges dropped. I have clients who have told me they have been pulled over by cops and have been released after they showed the paperwork to the cops. I'm talking about articles of incorporation and proof-of-membership agreements to support the weight.
It is also not a good idea to operate three collectives simultaneously because the cops will think you're operating for profit. Let's hope [attorney Christopher] Glew gets the charges dropped, and Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine don't go to jail.
Cannabis Law Group, via ocweekly.com
I thought the article was great. Someone mentioned having articles of incorporation as evidence and the charges should be dropped? We were in court for a properly run collective yesterday, with its articles of incorporation and proof of nonprofit status and membership, and the court did not drop the charges. By the way, Joe Grumbine did have a seller's permit from the city of Garden Grove; in fact, he is the only dispensary in Garden Grove with one, as he was grandfathered in before the ban in that city.
The problem with the judicial system is that there is no model as to what a collective should be. As a member of Unit D, we never had to pay for product as we are low-income and would contribute in many ways toward the other members of the collective. For Grumbine, the issue was trading marijuana to qualified patients for money. The police have all the incorporation papers, and if you were at the preliminary trial, that wasn't an issue. The police do what the police do, regardless of what the intention of the law is.
As proof, as a Human Solution member, I will be attending at least five trials this month alone. We had 28 members all wearing green ribbons in court yesterday, and it does make a difference. Ask David Rios, who was just acquitted of many charges in the San Fernando Valley. We offer court support to anyone, and it is important for defendants to know they are not alone.
Marla James, The Human Solution, via ocweekly.com
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Once again, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) mixes distinguished art with the mediocre [Stacy Davies' "Get Wired!" June 3]. Alexander Calder and only Alexander Calder was the kinetic genius behind the open exhibition. Post-auxiliary art by American-born artist Rory Emerald or contemporary art by Lynne Warren register the same. Davies went above and beyond what was expected. Nathan Carter, Kristi Lippire and a few others should thank their lucky stars for Davies' kind and low-key acknowledgment.
OCMA must invest in new art. It's unflattering when a museum displays great works of art with local novice artists. Only deserving art should be the gallery draw. Especially at a museum like OCMA. The Getty in Malibu and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art took an unconventional and unorthodox approach to secure unique museum-quality paintings and sculptures, plus miscellaneous works of art. OCMA should do the same.
Liza Fairbanks, Villa Park