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2A Wednesday, May23, 2001 I n the Canyon They came from Los Ange- les, Washington state and all points in between to partici- pate in the second annual Brandi's Run, an event that was relatively small last year and, according to organizer Michael D'Agostino, will be- come larger each year. By 4 p.m. Friday evening, May 18, Belden Resort was full and everyone was getting ready for dinner. By 5 p.m.; Belden had been shut down and its health license revoked. Sometime between 4 and 5 p.m., two Plumas County Sheriffs Deputies, along with nt r id d by d puti andth a county building inspector, for holding this event in the event, attempting to negotiate showed up and ordered the weeks and days leading up to a permit process, whereas doors closed. When Belden's it. What he really didn't un. Belden could hold the run. The manager objected, she was --. derstand is the manner and last he heard was that Coff. threatened with arrest and "tk ning of the closure, which man, "... could hold the event jail. had'more the feel of a drug by using portable generators Owner Ivan Coffman was bust than a building inspec- in some fashion." confused and upset over the tion. When informed of the man- entire situation. He said in a The irony of the situation net in which the resort was telephone interview Saturday, has not escaped me, either. I closed, he begged question, May 19, that he had brought have been filling this column "What possible threat to pub. the building inspector through recently with information lic safety would require a de- the lodge and received an okay about Feather River Commu- partment head to use law en- from him to hook up a genera- nity Council meetings, which forcement to issue a simple ci- tor for the event, are targeting economic growth ration for a violation of the "I thought everything was a and development in the building code?" go," Coffman said, "but appar- Canyon. The bikers themselves, a ently I was supposed to get This action strikes a majorgenuinely gracious bunch, some kind of permit. I believe blow to the largest existing overcame their initial outrage that revoking the health li- business in the Canyon and and kept to their plans. Coff- cense was merely out of spite." the manner in which the clo- man had negotiated a compro. Coffman's confusion was un- sure was handled was, in mymire where he could treat the derstandable, since he had opinion, inexcusable, run like a private party, and been working with the depart- Supervisor Robert Meacher supply power for the live mu- ments involved to get approval had been involved in this sic presented by D'Agostino, which featured a Saturday night program of four bands. Fortunately, the bikers had also planned to have their Sat- urday night dinner catered by an outside vendor, so the event did go on in a crippled sort of way. The bikers could not use the bar or any facili- ties in the lodge, but cheerful- ly settled in and made do with what they had available. Brandi's Run is a charity event that sponsors the Sacra- mento Disabled Sports organi- zation and is greatly enhanced by the charming presence and participation of Brandi her- self. And it doesn't end there; the entire bunch is a very friendly, upbeat group. Now an announcement. This is actually anticlimactic for those who know me and live in the Canyon, but for the building o.,o., whoI exciting ad el! personal life, I have asked a gent and cart marry me. Tune in next answer. No, not has agreed for even after I told crackers in in every cupbO ._ in the kitchen. really thrill mY ers----she will be more cats to that already d house. I'm sure you know them all, more detail than wanted. Yes, I am By Dave Keller bly going to be willing to look ers' clubs that appeared after campaign by federal officials Staff Writer the other way in some in. the passage in 1996 of Proposi- in 1998 to close cannabis clubs The medical marijuana stances, tion215, in California. movement was dealt a majorFor Plumas County DistrictU.S. attorneys, who try cas- That's when U.S. attorneys blow last week when the Unit- Attorney James Reichle, es here in Chester, will be able filed a civil suit seeking to ed States Supreme Court Proposition 215 never legal, to go to court and seek orders close the Oakland Cannabis ruled that federal law bars ized a black market, he main- closing clubs. Buyers Cooperative for violat- dispensing the drug to seri- tains. California was the first ing federallaw. ously ill people to relieve their As a result, he does not be- state to pass a measure allow- The U.S. District Court pain and nausea, lieve the ruling is going to ing seriously ill people to use agreed and ordered the clo- But the impact on Plumas change what his office does marijuana for medical purpos- sure, but the 9th Circuit Court County is expected to be mini- one way or the other, es. threw its support behind the mal, even though the ruling "Proposition 215 didn't au- On several occasions in cooperative. goes a long way toward invali- thorize storefronts anyway," Plumas County, the DA's of- It ruled that federal drug dating Proposition 215, which Reichle said, referring to buy. rice has declined to prosecute laws include an exception for allows sick people to use marl- ers' clubs, marijuana users who quail-what is known as a medical juana for medical purposes. Reichle is not going to let fled under Proposition 215. necessity. The ruling makes it clear the Supreme Court be his In January of 1997, two But the federal government that the distribution of marl- guiding principle anyway, months after voters approved balked and asked the U.S. juana is not legal in the Unit- "To me, it's not going to the measure, Reichle became Supreme Court for an injunc- ed States---a fact that contra- change anything we do," Re- the first D.A. in the state to tion, which it granted, and a diets Plumas County's policy, ichle said. dismiss a marijuana corn- z ling on the law. Even so, it is not clear The federal government, inplaint because the defendant In last week's ruling, the whether federal authorities the guise of the local Forest met the Proposition 215 re- Supreme Court said the law will be able to enforce their Service, is not going to move quirement, does not allow for medical ex- prohibition on marijuana in aggressively, since most U.S. On two occasions in 1998, ceptions. California. law enforcement agencies do Reichle backed off on two For Deputy District Attor- That's because the court'snot get involved in marijuana more prosecutions involving ney Jeff Cunan, who prose- ruling did not squarely ad- cases unless a major crop is medical marijuana cases, cutes many of the county's dress whether the use of marl- harvested. But the D.A. is not givingmarijuana cases, the ruling juana by sick people is illegal. Even the recent case in Tay- everybody a free pass. He has clarifies one point. Medical marijuana backers lorsville, involving alleged aggressively prosecuted Indi- All communities--including have said for years that they marijuana grower and dealer an Valley's Robinson, because Plumas County--need to are confident that jurors in Joe Robinson, was too small a prosecutors believe that the make sure they have "clear California will not convict case to get federal prosecutors' defendant is using Proposi- policies on Proposition 215," _ th-.-:-_4_n4eve -even tion 215 as a defense to cloak a , he said. , , ....... g ,ing mariju-ana to sicl peo, volved sizal le gardens, drug sales operation. .... Ply. , " "' .......... Nonetheless, tTuling The case that reached the :And prosecutors are proba- could force the closure of buy- Supreme Court grew out of a @IUtlAIB $UlII KI&TI$ Located in downtown Graeagle (530) 836-1234 STOP DREAMING! Is this the year you'll buy a home? 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