Cops Raid Pot House First, Ask Questions Later

By Chris Roberts

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It’s not your landlord knocking

‚ÄčOn Jan. 11, someone knocked on the door of Bruce Rossignol’s 13th Street home. The investment banker turned medical cannabis cultivator, who, as SF Weekly reported in August wishes to someday open a cannabis club in North Beach, assumed it was his landlord.
He was wrong.
At the door were a dozen officers from the San Francisco Police Department, narcotics officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and officers with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force. They raided the sophisticated cultivation operation on which Rossignol had spent an ungodly sum of time and money.
Cops smashed his grow equipment and then seized cash and an unknown amount of marijuana.
That’s a bummer —¬† and one that could have been avoided with a single phone call.
Rossignol, a medical cannabis patient who says his operation was truly legal, has a dispensary permit application pending with the Department of Public Health. But the SFPD didn’t bother contacting regulators until the day after the raid, according to the police report.
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