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Marc Wasserman made his mark in the world of arts and entertainment by writing his own screenplay. Branching out from the arts, Marc decided to practice law subsequently passing The California State Bar Exam the same year Proposition 215 was passed.

His background in the arts combined with his legal expertise has contributed to the successful development of various platforms including Cannabis Talk 101 and Pot Brothers at Law with his older brother Craig; which are utilized for advocacy and education regarding the laws surrounding cannabis

"Welcome to my BLOG. This where I explore everything and anything I want to. From Cannabis to Criminal Defense cases to my own personal triumphs and struggles. I am an open book and happy to share my experiences surrounding my life, the good, the bad, the ugly and all the rest.

Enjoy!"

Marc Wasserman

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Raids! Raids! Raids

Nothing like a good meth lab being raided and taken down!

Nothing like a coordinated raid to take down white collar criminals!

When most people think of raids that’s what we typically see in the movies and on TV. The reality is a large majority of raids center around cannabis. Particularly in our jurisdiction of California. You either have a city permit AND a state license or you are in the traditional (legacy) market.

Due to massive over regulations, over taxation and many built in obstacles the average mom and pop operations have absolutely zero chance of survival. In fact, may licensed business have already gone under or are so far in the red that they are trying to escape.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the law, business is booming. But, as with every booming business the state wants it tax. So, even if you are a legitimate Cannabis Patient (Under California’s Prop 215) and you are growing your 85 plants that you use as medicine throughout the year, you are still subject to a raid and confiscation of your medicine.

Everyday we get calls of patients who are still being raided. These are not coordinated raids either. An electrical fire starts, the fire department come, sees a grow then calls the cops. The cops do not care that the patient has rights under prop 215, this MUST be an illegal grow, one person cannot use all this.

These are common phrases seen in rubber stamped police reports. The unfortunate truth is that for Cannabis Patients in California, the cultivation, consumption and transportation of medicinal cannabis is a CRIME first and you must then PROVE you are immune from prosecution under Prop 215.

How do you prove this?

Not that simple. First you must have the physician recommendation and a declaration from the doctor who issued it. The declaration works best when it lays out all of the patients medical needs and a statement as to why Cannabis is the best medicine over other opiate alternatives.

Then since we have 85 plants, a Cannabis expert must be used to explain how the harvest of 85 plants works, what the actual yield will be, how the flower will be broken down into rubs, oils, tea, foods, joints, etc… and thus explaining how 85 plants can be used for one persons medicine over time. This is how we have to defend people who are raided.

Of course a lot of these raids are people who are working under the cover of these patients rights and are abusing the power of Prop 215, while making it more difficult for those seriously ill patients who are on the receiving end of unfortunate, wrong place wrong time raids.

The bottom line for me is that these raids on cannabis farms, grows, homes, wherever they are, need to just stop happening. There need to be regulations that allow for those who are thriving in the traditional market to slide over into the licensed legal market. There is room for everyone and Cannabis can save the Planet, if we stop raiding people.

2021-09-24 07:09:54

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CANNABIS EXPOS ARE BACK and so is the #STFU© TOUR

Dear Carl & NUGL readers:

Please accept my apologies for the sudden end of my weekly articles, awhile back. Perhaps some of you don’t care, perhaps some of you do, either way I do not give a fuck. What I do give many fucks about is that I dropped off without notice to Carl or NUGL, and while time is precious and life can over run us, we must be held accountable and own up to mistakes or mishandlings as they often occur in life. For my lack of communication I apologize. In the future, my articles will appear based on my availability to sit and write.

What better time to write and reflect then on a four hour plane ride? Particularly when you HATE to fly. I used to get drunk whenever I got on a flight, but I have not had a drink in nearly 3 years. I certainly consumed A LOT of THC & CBD and feel somewhat calm, yet still agitated at the fact that if I was supposed to be up in the air, I would have wings. Nonetheless. WE ARE BACK ON THE ROAD!!!!

Just before the world shut down, my brother and I (known as the Pot Brothers at Law® www.potbrothersatlaw.com) had signed a 3 City Tour deal for 2020 with www.Cannacon.org to appear, hold meet and greets and give our seminar, The Etiquette of Engaging Law Enforcement: How to Shut The FUCK Up® (when cops ask questions). Of course, 2020 became the VIRTUAL YEAR, and we did our fair share (and probably a lot more) of virtual appearances for many events and expos, our own podcast www.cannabistalk101.com, and of course The Script Challenge™ was born and runs almost every Friday at NOON PST on our IG LIVE @pot_brothers_at_law.

Fast forward to May 2021: First up G4LIVE & THE BUDTENDER AWARDS at the Mandalay Bay with our crew from CANNABIS TALK 101, it was the first LIVE, in person, Cannabis Business to Business Expo since the World opened up. We were vaccinated, maskless and it ROCKED!!! We will be back in Vegas for round 2 of G4LIVE BUDTENDER AWARDS September 29- Oct 2.

Then we took huge hits in OKC for the return of our seminar. From the moment we landed in OKC we felt the love of the #stfunation® everywhere we went. Happy to stop for selfies IF you knew to STFU when cops ask questions. OKC was popping off with Cannabis businesses buzzing and ready to BOOM!! It was packed!!! I took a stroll down DAB ALLEY and had many, many fine dabs. I hit RELAX PARK and chilled with Jim Belushi and taught him The Script. Then, to a full audience and those who lined the walls when seats ran out, we performed our educational seminar. At this seminar you will learn about your 4th and 4th amendment rights (it’s ok if your not from the US, because if you are here, you need to know) and how to peacefully engage law enforcement when pulled over or otherwise confronted by police. The seminar end with my performance of a live version of our slam poem AM I BEING DETAINED OR AMI FREE TO GO?©

To be back out amongst people again, especially people in the Cannabis industry and those looking to get into the industry or just even curious, was a great feeling. As we strolled the exhibit halls, chants of Shut the Fuck Up rang out, and we were amazed at how many people IN OKC know The Script©! We feel the impact we are making every time someone approaches and kindly thanks us “for the work” we do “educating people, the Script has saved our asses a few times”. That is a common quote from fans, followers and family alike. Please, if you don’t know The Script©, LEARN IT!!! Then share it with everyone you know and strangers you meet. Get THE SCRIPT© STICKERS www.pbalmerch.com and keep your rights stuck to your visor or windshield. That was a quick rant.

Being able to travel again and bring our distinct brand of educating and normalizing Cannabis use to every part of the World has been and will continue to be extremely gratifying. We believe that if EVERYONE (LAW ENFORCEMENT INDLCUDED) knows and understands the theory and mission of The Script©, interactions between police and citizens will be more civil and will end senseless deaths.

We are now headed to Detroit to continue with the Cannacon tour and our #STFU® Tour, COMING SOON to a CITY NEAR YOU!!!!

For more information go to cannacon.org we will be there in Chicago August, 2021 and New York City January 2022.

2021-09-04 12:09:24

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THE HIGHEST I’VE EVER BEEN (This is how I spent 420 into 421 in 2021)

If you have been reading my weekly articles then you can probably figure out that I write about what I know and what I experience. I also write from my gut and do not hold back. This week I am sharing my recent experience with the Torrance Police Department.

On April 17, 2021, when I went outside of my house to move my car from in front of the driveway and park it in the driveway. I reached into my pocket and my key was not there. A common occurrence, as my key seems to fall out of my pocket a lot. I quickly scanned my car and did not see the key. I went inside the house and asked my wife to bring me the spare key which I used to park the car.

The key is remote with push button start. Sunday, April 18, 2021, despite my wife telling me to look again for my key, I went right to the office to work and said I would do that later when I got home. When I got home, my wife again told me to look and I said after we get back from lunch. We left for lunch in her car with our kids at 335pm. We returned at 630pm and I took a few dabs then had to go to the store. I walked out of my garage to my driveway where my car was parked. It was not there. I started walking up and down my street, almost in a daze, thinking to myself, did I park it somewhere else. I think I was in shock. I called 911. My car has been stolen. I gave 911 all the information then contacted the property manager of the GATED community we live in. I informed him what happened and asked where I can obtain the footage from the security cameras facing the electronic GATE (which I had already noted had not been working for the previous three days and remained wide open). I tracked down the president of the HOA and was informed that the HOA is in the middle of law suit with the security company and the cameras are not working. As I write this, I have decided to share with everyone the complaint that I have filed with the Torrance Police Department.

Please keep in mind that on April 20, 2021 (as some of you may have seen) I was up and going IG LIVE at 420am, doing interviews, bringing people into the live too sesh and ask questions all while taking BIG GLOB DABS and joints and celebrating 420. Then my brother and I were kidnapped by my nephew @jcures owner of @westcoastcure_ and he took us on a tour of various Cannabis Store Fronts he for some meet n greets. Needless to say it was a typical 420 in terms of medicating constantly throughout the day. One thing I like to point out to my Cannabis audience is that, not only did I start consuming at 420am, I stopped at 1030pm when I then took 7500 miligrams of THC capsules so that I could sleep until at least 2pm the next day. The complaint picks up from there (12:58am). I will see you at the end of the complaint:

TO: TORRANCE POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF OF POLICE

FROM: MARC DAVID WASSERMAN

Re: COMPLAINT AGAINST TORRANCE PD for violating policy and procedure on April 21, 2021 when contacting victim of a stolen car.

Related Case numbers:

Case #XXXXXXXX (stolen car case #)

Case# XXXXXXXX (criminal case # for person caught behind the wheel of my car)

On April 18, 2021 at 640pm, I called 911 and reported my car stolen out of my driveway, in my gated community.

At approximately 7:20pm Officers Mathes (22116) and Bernier (19578) arrive at my home. Both officers introduced themselves and began asking questions about the incident. I was very pleased, felt comfortable, safe and that this crime was being taken seriously. Both officers answered all of my questions and were professional, knowledgeable and explained how matters like this typical go. The license plate recognition cameras were explained to me as well as the chance of recovery in these situations. I wanted to be sure to HIGHLIGHT Officers Mathes & Bernier as their interaction with me is what I expect from my communities police department, in stark contrast to what happens later.

Later that evening I obtained further information from a neighbor so I was able to narrow the time of the theft to April 18, 2021 between 3:35pm and 5:22pm. I contacted the number given to me for the detectives and left a detailed message.

On April 20, 2021, at 10pm I took a lot of medicinal cannabis to help me sleep. I was planning on sleeping from 10pm until noon.

At 12:58 am, April 21, 2021, my wife and children were shaking me, to wake me up (due to how heavily I was sedated, it took a few minutes for me to wake up). Once awake, I heard pounding at the door and our doorbell being rang continuously. I asked who was at the door and heard, “Torrance PD”. The officers did not introduce themselves, just started asking me questions about my car, and if I might know anyone who would have it, to which I replied no. I was told my car was recovered and was at 190th and Anza. I asked the officer to meet me in front as I had to get dressed.

Once outside in front of my house the officers again said that I could get my car. Having heard my wife mention that our 3 children were asleep, one of the officers said they could give me a ride there. I got in the back of the squad car and the officers drove to 190th and Anza.

As we approached the intersection I noticed a lot of flashing police lights, several police cars (5-8) and a lot of officers. I then saw my vehicle with the doors open and someone sitting on the curb. This is when I realized I was brought to AN ACTIVE FELONY STOP. The officer driving the squad car pulled into the parking lot and then I was let out of the car.

An officer (I have no idea the name or badge number, as once again, not one officer introduced themselves to me and no one informed me who was in charge). I also noticed not almost none of the officers had face masks on, except one TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A (white or grey) NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE.

The officer standing next to me asked if that was my car, I said yes. He gave me a form to sign. I then realized I did not have my glasses on and told the officer I cannot read it, what does it say? I was informed that it was a document acknowledging that the vehicle was mine, and I had to have the officer point to exactly where I needed to sign. Then the officer started to read from a card about doing a lineup. Having practiced criminal defense for 25 years, I knew I was about to take part in a “cold show” (which seemed wildly inappropriate just like me being taken to an ACTIVE FELONY STOP).

The officer said, you’re an attorney you know I have to read this too you (I never told him I was, my assumption is that some of your officers checked out my social media POT BROTHERS AT LAW, and a few decided that they don’t like that I teach people how to not incriminate themselves).

Once it was read to me, he said are you sure there is no one you know who would have your car. Again, I said “no, why do you keep asking me, as when I first reported it stolen, I am the ONLY ONE who ever drives that car”. I was then asked to look at the suspect that was sitting on the curb. I asked the officer if that was the person who was behind the wheel of my car, he said yes. I instinctively lunged in the direction of the suspect (I wanted to go after them) the officer put his hands up and said you can’t go there. Again the officer asked me to look at the suspect and tell me if I recognize her. As I squinted through the police car lights in my eyes, and squinting because I do not have my glasses on, I saw a woman with her hands behind her back, long black hair covering her face. I said I cannot tell and I cannot really see, what is the persons name. The officer standing next to me yelled out, “What’s her name?” The TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE said, Holly Handy. I said I do not know a Holly Handy. Again, I am thinking why did you bring me to an ACTIVE FELONY STOP, show me the suspect, do a cold show when I am groggy, do not have my glasses on and standing 20-30 feet away from the suspect and the lights are flashing in my eyes.

The officer standing next to me said, “You can take your car now”. I walked over to my car, doors still open and then realized, I do not have the key. I asked where the key was, the TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE said it’s on the front drivers sit. As I approached the drivers side front seat I saw a red neckerchief (not mine), I lifted it up and my key was underneath it. I then noticed a large plastic starbucks cup with red liquid in it (not mine), several cables and USB devices (not mine) and in the small center console several half burnt cannabis joints (not mine), and I then noticed my daughters car seat was gone. I turned away from my car and started approaching all of the officers and said, “Excuse me officers, I noticed that my kids car seat is gone, what do I do to report…” This is when I was cut off by the TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE and he held up his hand and in a very STERN, LOUD, SARCASTIC VOICE said “Stop right there do not come any closer, you want the form, get him the form, here fill this out and put every little detail of what’s missing and we will be sure to get right on it.” I was completely shocked and still dazed from the entire incident I was going through, and walked back to my car, got in and sat for a moment. The officers were not leaving the scene. I realized that there was cannabis in my car, in plain view and I was convinced, by the way this all went down, that a few of those officers, particularly the TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE, wanted me to start my car and drive off so they could then pull me over. I am the victim of grand theft auto and I was being treated like a suspect or perp.

I then got out of my vehicle and sat on the curb to call my wife and let her know I need a ride home. After a few minutes an officer approached me and asked, “What are you doing?”. I said, “I am too impaired to drive. You guys came to my house at 1am, woke me up, I took a lot of medication to help me sleep and I am too impaired to drive.” To which the officer said, “Well you can’t leave your car parked in front of a fire hydrant”. (Point of clarification. I did not park my car in front of a fire hydrant, it was stolen and then recovered in this spot). I asked the officer, “Can you move my car”? He replied, “No, you need to move it into the parking lot”. The officer then said, “We will have to tow it if you do not move it”. I carefully, slowly (due to my impairment) moved the car into the parking lot. All of the officers left. I had two people come in one car, so that I could be driven home in my car.

Once home, I was completely distraught, perplexed and infuriated at the way I was treated. More importantly, it is my belief that this was planned, once they knew who I was they were going to get me one way or the other.

My questions are: 1. Why was I brought to an ACTIVE FELONY STOP?

2. Why wasn’t the scene cleared, the suspect taken away, one officer stays with my car while another officer comes to get me?

3. Why wasn’t my car taken to the police department parking lot for me to pick up?

4. Why wasn’t my car taken to an impound for me to pick up later?

5. Why was I asked to participate in a cold show when the officer new I did not have my glasses on and could not see clearly?

6. Why was I continually asked if I new the person driving my car?

7. Why did the officers bang on my door and continuously ring the doorbell upon arrival?

8. Why didn’t one single officer introduce themselves to me or tell me who was in charge?

9. Why didn’t the officers who arrived at my house inform me I was being taken to an ACTIVE FELONY STOP to partake in a cold show?

10. When I told the officer I was too impaired to drive, why was I not offered a ride home?

11. After I told the officer I was too impaired to drive why did he insist I move the car myself?

All of the items left in my car, could be evidence leading to the person who actually stole my car from my driveway. The officers decided to end any further investigation. I have preserved several of the items to give to the handling detective once assigned. I want the name and badge number of the TALL, DARK HAIRED officer, WEARING A NECKERCHIEF COVERING HIS FACE, he should not be a police officer. I can only imagine what he does to minorities and other people he does not like.

When I told this story to Sgt. Estrada on April 22, 2021, he said he was embarrassed at the actions of his officers and apologized for their behavior and said that it is not reflective of Torrance Police Department and that taking the victim of a crime to an ACTIVE FELONY STOP was not proper procedure.

At least I found comfort speaking with Sgt. Estrada who informed me to file a complaint online and in person so the department will get to the bottom of this.

In the meantime, I already have and will continue to shine a spotlight on this through my numerous social media accounts. In this day and age, with police conduct under the most scrutiny in recent years, this incident was absolutely appalling, terrifying and a perfect example of exposing people who should not be police officers. Where was the concern for my safety when they insisted I drive my vehicle

impaired. Where was the civic duty to protect and serve, when I needed a ride home. They were quick to take me to the scene but would not take me home which is very peculiar as well.

I would like to review any and all body cams, dash cams or any other video that exists capturing this incident. __________________ April 23, 2021

Marc Wasserman

I filed the complaint and had it time stamped at 4:59pm April 23, 2021. I am going to be speaking with attorneys regarding a lawsuit. As an attorney, I know first hand the pains and process of litigation and will have to evaluate a lot of factors before I make a decision to enter into formal litigation. I also want to wait and see the response from the Torrance Police Department.

Since I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on 420, by the time the dust settled I had been awake for 53 hours, and that was the HIGHEST I have ever been.

You can keep up with this in real time via our IG @pot_brothers_at_law and I will continue to write what I experience as it happens and keep you informed.

2021-08-27 07:08:06

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1 25 Years Later I Still Got It: When My Cannabis Attorney Career Met My Acting Career! on again (I stopped working as an actor in 1992 when I went to Law School) and hit an audition.

January 31, 1996 I auditioned for a play at the Hollywood Court Theater, Testimonies (shout out to the Writer/Director Ayal Alony) and would be cast in a lead role.

June 11, 1996 I was sworn in as an Attorney by the California State Bar and on June 14, 1996, I was on stage opening a play in Hollywood. In November of 1996 something happened that would have, an unknown, profound effect on my life. In fact, as I write this, I am realizing exactly how profound it was. I probably would not be writing for NUGL. In fact, NUGL may not even exist if this didn’t happen in California.

The passage of Proposition 215 which gave Cannabis patients their rights to posses, cultivate and consume. But, it was still a felony first and as young attorney and avid cannabis patient I gravitated to criminal defense to help protect cannabis patients. Eventually, my nephew exposed his green thumb and unbridled passion to help extremely ill and terminally ill patients with the miraculous medical benefits of cannabis.

In California at that time there were specific rules in place to operate as a medicinal cannabis business, as a not for profit cooperative or collective. Over a ten year period, although operating properly under the laws as they were, my nephew was hit with several felonies and several cases. All of which we got dismissed and medicine ordered returned.

The interesting note is that all of the cases were dismissed because my nephew Shut the F*%# Up when cops asked questions. We got everything back because he was operating properly. It MUST be pointed out that to this day we are STILL are representing clients with fully licensed cannabis businesses and their employees are getting arrested and charged.

But, that is for another day. This is about what my legal career did for me recently. As my brother and I perfected our passion for representing cannabis business, individuals and patients when it came to legal protection, we began to grow. We have represented the grower that lived in the mountains for 20 years, deathly afraid to come to the “legal” side, celebrities, mom and pop operations, wall street big shots, and entrepreneurs young and old alike. I have advised clients for 25 years now about everything dealing with Cannabis from crimes to Corporations.

I began with the story of an audition on January 31, 1996. That was my last in person audition since then. During the middle of the pandemic my best friend and fellow Filmmaker and Actor, Ford Austin, called my from OKC and told me to update my Backstage.com Account and audition from home. One of the reasons I stopped auditioning was my unavailability because I had a law practice to run. With my law office now at home as well, I started submitting and getting some work (all work from home). It was comfortable, easy and fun. I was acting again!!

On April 12, 2021, I receive an email notification from backstage that I have a request for an IN PERSON AUDITION. I quickly looked for the address, which I recognized from 30 years ago a main spot for casting calls. The call was for a pilot for a network series and the character description was, Karl age 50-65. That’s it! Nothing else, nothing to draw from or infer on how I should dress or prepare for the part. I take to heart something my artistic guide, Arthur Mendoza, taught me about auditions and referring to those who we audition for, “they don’t know what they want, you need to show them what they want, through your choices”.

Armed with the description, Karl 50-65, I threw on one of my sweet suits, my golden Cannabis Nug, and went as me, cannabis attorney. Upon arrival, I checked in and was handed my sides (4 pages of the script). As I read the four pages I was filled with delight, joe, laughter and so much positive energy I am surprised my head didn’t pop off. I was reading about Karl, an entrepreneur who owns several Cannabis Farms, and was talking about LED lights and yields and everything our readers at NUGL know, about the beautiful Cannabis plant.

When I entered for the Director and Casting Director, they asked me what I thought of Karl. Without hesitation, I responded, “Karl is me. I have been representing client exactly like Karl for 25 years, let me show you.” I have no idea where those words came from other then 25 years of experience in not only the Cannabis Legal Space and a lifetime of studying the craft acting.

I feel I gave the best audition of my life and am more then satisfied with that. I have no delusion about being cast in a network series that actually goes, but the feeling of nailing an audition like that, gives me a high unmatched by ANYTHING!....
2021-08-17 04:08:56

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