May 25, 2010 11:04 PM by Monica Quintero
A local woman is receiving a big payout after she said sheriff's deputies destroyed her medical marijuana. $20,000-- that's how much a Los Osos woman was paid on behalf on the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department. Even though the woman received a settlement, the county believes law enforcement did the right thing.
The woman in this case is 46-year-old Kimberely Marshall. Back in March of last year, law enforcement officials confiscated six pounds of cannibus from Marshall. Her attorney said they got rid of about a year and a half supply of her medical marijuana that she badly needed. He said Marshall had terminal cancer, beat it and the cannibus doesn't have the side effects of other prescription drugs. As for county counsel, they said Marshall was unable to provide the proper medical documentation at the time. However, Marshall's attorney disagreed. Louis Koory, Marshall's attorney, said, "Obviously, the protocol in this case didn't work for the sheriff's department. They went to the court and gave the judge the wrong information. They did that after the district attorney told my client there was going to be no charges filed, so my client feels like she got ripped off by the sheriff's department and this is reimbursement for that rip off.
County counsel also told us they strongly believe that law enforcement acted appropriately and within the law when they seized the marijuana. They went on to say although the county was prepared to defend this matter, an early settlement was in the best financial interest of the county. Marshall's attorney also said this is the first example of a government entity paying money for wrongfully destroyed pot.
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