For any Oregon readers, something disturbing was just brought to my attention. Apparently, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has instructed law enforcement agencies to not return medical marijuana that was illegally seized from Oregon medical marijuana patients. As a result, John Kroger is being charged with professional conflict of interest. Help spread the word far and wide!
THE OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PROFESSIONAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN A LETTER SENT MONDAY BY THE STATE’S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA. ACMM MEMBER EUGENE ATTORNEY BRIAN MICHAELS ADVISED KROGER THAT HE “HAS A PROFESSIONAL OBLIGATION TO REPRESENT AND ADVISE EACH DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE OF OREGON GOVERNMENT EQUALLY”
THE LETTER ASSERTS THAT KROGER HAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY CONTINUING TO CHARGE FEES FOR PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE “CONTRARY TO THE ADVOCACY OF THIS PROGRAM…IN FAVOR OF THOSE OTHER AGENCIES WHO VIEW THIS PROGRAM WITH DISFAVOR” AND “IN WAYS THAT SUPPRESS, REDUCE, AND IN ALL WAYS FURTHER RESTRICT THE PROGRESS AND EXPANSION OF THIS PROGRAM (OMMP), IN FAVOR OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. “
KROGER’S MOST RECENT ADVICE INSTRUCTS OFFICERS NOT TO RETURN OMMP PATIENTS ILLEGALLY SEIZED MARIJUANA MEDICINE. THE LETTER ALSO DOCUMENTS OTHER CASES OF UNFAIR LEGAL INTERPRETATIONS INCLUDING THE ATTY GENERALS ADVICE FOR THE OMMP TO REVOKE A PATIENT’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD WITHOUT HEARING OR DUE PROCESS WHEN ENTERING INTO A DUII DIVERSION PROGRAM;
THE ACMM’S LETTER TO KROGER SUGGESTS THAT THE OMMP BE PROVIDED WITH INDEPENDENT COUNCIL TO REPLACE MR KROGER AND ASKS GOVERNOR KITZHAUBER TO HELP WITH THIS ENDEAVOR.