Scott Feil

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Scott Feil
Born Scott Eric Feil
05/05/1966
Petaluma,ca
Occupation Founder - UMCC LLC, Business Owner, Cannabis activist
Years active 1980s–present
Website http://www.

Scott Feil is an American medical cannabis rights activist, complex aircraft pilot, and businessman. Most known for his involvement in the continuing court case involving Los Angeles Police Department illegal seizure of 209 pounds of medical marijuana, 21 pounds of hashish, 12 pounds of marijuana oil and amounts of U.S. legal tender amounting to $186,416.00 from his Los Angeles based United Medical Caregivers Clinic medical cannabis dispensary, UMCC LLC.[1]

Legal battles[edit]

UMCC[edit]

In 2003 United Medical Caregivers Clinic Inc. opened its doors to medical patience of medical referrals. UMCC was working completely legal under the laws of Compassionate Use Act of 1996 otherwise known as prop 215. On March 15, 2005 LAPD Sergeant Miguel Lopez received complaints of marijuana smoking near the UMCC offices on Wilshire Boulevard. UMCC was raided by the LAPD seizing 209 pounds of medical marijuana, 21 pounds of hashish, 12 pounds of marijuana oil and all the collective members capitol reserves ($186,416.00). No Criminal Charges filed Because of Scott's declaration stating “All cannabis products obtained or produced by UMCC are only distributed to patient members of UMCC․, UMCC does not allow the distribution of cannabis products to non-patients or non-members.” testimony in the state court connection to the motion was connected to all of the seized assets. Proceedings 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: UNITED STATES v. $186,416.[2] Feil finally excepted a five year term in a federal prison camp after two years of threats from the government too incarcerate his wife and father in law to 10 years in prison. Scott's was released 12/8/2014.[3]

Controversy[edit]

October 2009 published decision in the 186,416 v United States Case. Feil won that case. This win not only returned the money to Scott, but it set the legal precedent that illegally obtained warrants by local police that violated State laws would not be admissible as evidence in Federal cases.In spite of this, and possibly because of it, The Federal Government is continuing their case against Scott and the others related to UMCC, although now the government can't use any evidence to prosecute Mr. Feil because it has all been suppressed, in a new tactic the Feds are trying to use his wife,father in law and three friends in a new indictment to try to get past the wrongfully executed search warrant in what appears to be a vindictive prosecution, On August 19, 2009 Feil once more enters a Federal courtroom now facing criminal charges for his involvement in UMCC.[4]

Although medical marijuana is legal in California state law it still remains illegal in the United States federal law.Because there is no exception for medical marijuana distribution under the federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801-971.However, to be classified under a schedule 1 drug, there is to be no known medical benefits. Ironically, Medical Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug, yet there are multiple medical benefits which marijuana provides.[5] During the 2008 presidential campaign, when President Obama was asked about his stand on medical marijuana he did state he would not have the justice department prosecute medical marijuana patients. This included raids on businesses complying with the state laws.[6] Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement that the Drug Enforcement Administration would end its raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries, Obama said during the presidential campaign that he supported the controlled use of marijuana for medical purposes, when attorney General Eric Holder was asked about medical marijuana policy in the US he replayed “What the president said during the campaign ... will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement,” he said. “What (Obama) said during the campaign ... is now American policy.”[7]

Activist[edit]

Scott Feil has always been in full support of NORML and ASA with fundraisers and speaking at monthly meetings.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit". Reuters. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  2. ^ "United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit". Reuters. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2011/07/07/feds-renege-on-plea-deal-for-state-legal-medical-marijuana-providers
  4. ^ "fightfederalinjustice". fightfederalinjustice. Archived from the original on March 7, 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Medical Marijuana Benefits". Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "President Obama". Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eric Holder". Retrieved 7 April 2011.