OAKLAND (KCBS)— The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo continues around Oakland City Hall on Sunday.

One vendor might be the last guy you would expect pitching marijuana products, as he has lived and worked on both sides of the medical marijuana issue.

Jeff Studdard spent more than a decade in law enforcement as a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff and a drug recognition expert.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

I actually teach law enforcement officers how to tell if people are under the influence of drugs,” said Studdard.

Now he’s on the Board of Directors of a company that makes marijuana cigarettes and sells them to various dispensaries around the state called Medicone.

Studdard said he made the switch after he broke his back and decided to become a patient, and that it saved his life.

He now spends time going around the state as a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) trying to convince others that there are definite benefits to medical marijuana and the sooner the federal government legalizes pot the better.

“I’ve never known an officer actually to respond to a domestic violence call involving just cannabis,” boasted the experienced Studdard.

His biggest obstacle, these days, is dealing with his father, Dick Studdard, who actually developed the Drug Recognition Expert program that is used in jurisdictions all over the United States and abroad.

Studdard called his father, “a little old school” since he doesn’t agree with his lifestyle change which has made for some tense family reunions.

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Comments (5)
  1. Kodiax says:

    Kudos to you mr Stoddard

  2. Mark Zemke says:

    It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall if the multigenerational Studdard family comes together to celebrate Thanksgiving! And it’s nice to read some common-sense information regarding pot … have YOU ever seen anyone passed out in a gutter with a half-smoked joint between their fingertips? Have YOU ever known anyone to sell their couch to buy some pot??? Yeah, I know — me either …

  3. ani says:

    What in the world was he thinking? Why jump in the bandwagon with all the useless “medical’ marijuana nonsense? No wonder he’s an ex cop to begin with. These crazed marijuana advocate tempted him to believe in their silly nonsense. There are too many criminals trying to do business with the process of making profits for themselves.

  4. Tours Martel says:


    They didn’t sell the couch, they murdered a family man at the gas station in San Leandro instead. Get real, man!

  5. HaitianB says:

    sounds like hes making better money with his new career

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