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  Man Calls Police When DEA Agents Take His Pot
Posted by CN Staff on November 18, 2006 at 06:19:04 PT
By Karl Fischer, Contra Costa Times 
Source: Contra Costa Times  

DEA San Francisco, CA -- Members of a federal marijuana enforcement team caught a whiff of something familiar Thursday as they walked to lunch in San Francisco -- then confiscated about 2 pounds of pot from a passer-by.

The Drug Enforcement Administration agents were near the Philip Burton Federal Building at 1:15 p.m. when a man passed them on the 400 block of Turk Street carrying a cardboard box. The box, emblazoned with the logo of a common brand of hydroponics equipment, reeked of marijuana.

'These agents were hungry, just on their way out to grab a sandwich, when this guy walks past them,' DEA Special Agent Casey McEnry said. 'They couldn't believe it.'

The narcotics agents stopped the man and asked what was in the box. He showed them about 1.5 pounds of marijuana, 12 ounces of hashish and an electronic scale.

Then, in a move that apparently stunned the 20-year-old Eureka resident, the agents took his pot away. While his crime was too minor to prosecute under federal law, the federal government does consider marijuana to be contraband, McEnry said.

'He tried to follow them through the employee entrance when they went back to the federal building. One of the agents looked back at him and said, 'Hey, where do you think you're going? You need to go through the metal detector,'' McEnry said.

Realizing the DEA did not intend to return his stash, the man then called 911 on his cell phone to report the incident to San Francisco police.

'It sounded like he was questioning their authority,' McEnry said. 'They had shown him their identification, but he kept saying, 'They said they were DEA agents, and they took my marijuana.''

No officers came to retrieve the marijuana, McEnry confirmed.

In 1996, California voters approved marijuana as a legal treatment for some medical ailments. State and local government have begun to regulate use of the drug, and privately run dispensaries sell the drug to those with medical prescriptions in cities around the state.

But the federal government considers pot an illegal drug, a position upheld in a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The man had a medical marijuana card and said he planned to sell the drugs to the Divinity Tree, a marijuana dispensary, for $4,000 per pound, agents said. McEnry said the man planned to use the proceeds to finance a weekend snowboarding trip to Lake Tahoe.

Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Author: Karl Fischer, Contra Costa Times
Published: November 18, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Knight Ridder
Contact: letters@cctimes.com
Website: http://www.contracostatimes.com/

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Comment #40 posted by SamFox on November 27, 2006 at 23:45:35 PT:

Keystoned Cops?
Hi every one. And we thought the Keystone Cops were only in old movies! For some comical cops in “action”,check this out:

“Woman’s door broken down in police goof” http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53105

Here’s another: “Police raid house for garden foliage” http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53105

For a bit more read the stories under "Related comments" a bit further down the page.

Ending the drug war is starting to catch on, finally. Can’t lie to the people forever.

http://www.google.com/search?q=drug+war&btnG=Search&domains=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newswithviews.com&sitesearch=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newswithviews.com

The Last site is from NewsWithViews.com. They are not a pro-MJ site, but they show even non users are getting the message about how lost, dangerous & expensive the mess is. Hit the link http://leap.cc/ for even more good news...

medMUser

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Comment #39 posted by Max Flowers on November 20, 2006 at 09:13:14 PT
No jurisdiction / turkey bags
I would have told the "agents" that they are WAY out of their jurisdiction (which is D.C.) and to go pound sand. I also would not have shown them what was in the box, though. "Where's your warrant?" I would have asked them. "Oh, I see... no warrant? SEE YA. You have no true authority on the streets of San Francisco."

I also wouldn't have been walking around with a reeking box. If this story is real or not, I'm not sure, but I can easily see it happening (a guy walking casually down the street near a dispensary with a pound or two, that DOES happen in SF, and Oakland, a LOT, believe me). The hot tip that this guy should have known: TURKEY BAGS.

Everyone reading this should note. Turkey oven roasting bags, yes the plastic ones that you can roast a turkey in (I never would myself, plastic, yuck) are excellent for keeping the smell contained of even the smelliest buds, as long as you secure the bag closed very tightly either with a very strong twist-tie or by tying the top closed in a tight knot. All growers I know, know this and anyone who has to transport cannabis anywhere needs to know about it too. It would have saved this moron in the article from having his little "incident" with the DEA agents.

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Comment #38 posted by global_warming on November 19, 2006 at 13:00:36 PT
When DEA Agents
climb through your window

you can be assured you have found your cross

your place in this Night Sky

Say nothing, except and be united

For there is "1" tRUTH AND lIGHT

Hail Cannabis

Hail Free People

Hail Freedom

Hail Eternity



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Comment #37 posted by global_warming on November 19, 2006 at 12:46:19 PT
re: When DEA Agents
Citizens, look around

Agents, are sniffing and sniffing

Who is paying for this?



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Comment #36 posted by global_warming on November 19, 2006 at 12:42:20 PT
Here We Are
Young and old, did you vote?

Did you go to church?

Did you wonder about tomorrow?



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Comment #35 posted by unkat27 on November 19, 2006 at 12:38:25 PT
An Intellectual Boost for Prohibitionists?
I think this is the kind of fake story designed to make all the prohibitionists feel much smarter than they are, adding a boost to their intellectual self-esteem, which is something they really need badly, because they're really a bunch of dumbed-down morons buying into the fear-mongering fanaticism of the fascist feds.

This is the kind of story that they (prohibitionists) can get together for a beer or coffee and joke and laugh about, just before they begin plotting their next nefarious move to destroy the cannabis loving people of America.

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Comment #34 posted by global_warming on November 19, 2006 at 12:29:40 PT
some lyrics
Long, Long Time ago there was a beautiful paradise where the air was pure the land fed many

And the sea overflowed with abundance but then came the dark times

When the evil forces of greed and avarice invaded and layed wastes to this Utopia, this Earth

Those were sad days indeed until one soul rebelled

And fought to save this Earth

In Time this "one" became many

And Every Land and in Every Nation,

An Army amassed to stand against the mate of the despoilers

Today they are still fighting

And Winning

Earth Soldiers

Lyrics from Beggars Row



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Comment #33 posted by afterburner on November 19, 2006 at 10:20:58 PT
Russell Barth & Others
Canada's renewed drug war faces oppostion:

CN BC: PUB LTE: Drugged Driving Law Unjustified, Nanaimo News Bulletin, (18 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1563/a09.html?176

CN BC: PUB LTE: Foolish War On Drugs Created To Be Continuous, Kamloops This Week, (17 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1561/a05.html?176

CN BC: Editorial: Waging War On A Benign Plant, Abbotsford News, (18 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1560/a05.html?176

CN BC: PUB LTE: Booze Barons Don't Want Competition, Kamloops This Week, (17 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1560/a06.html?176

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Comment #32 posted by charmed quark on November 19, 2006 at 05:11:58 PT
Maybe a cautionary tale?
I searched and could find no other articles related to this story.

http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=2929

The DEA agent mentioned in the article was the spokesman for the DEA when they were raiding the local medical cooperatives. So perhaps his story is a "cautionary tale" by the DEA to support their contention that the cooperatives are nothing but recreational pot distribution centers using the cover of the state law. If we don't eliminate these nefarious distribution centers, soon we'll have people walking around with big boxes of pot! Those herbs might just jump out and attack the children. Oh, the humanity.

Although I actually find the story believable. There's always some very stupid people running around :-)

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Comment #31 posted by Toker00 on November 19, 2006 at 05:02:26 PT
afterburner
I still wanted it, and it's Sunday! Kool articles.

Mothers All Diverging Deliriously.

Toke.

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Comment #30 posted by afterburner on November 19, 2006 at 00:07:16 PT
Who Wants Yesterday's Paper?
CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Driving Dangers Highly Overrated, The Province, (16 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1551/a03.html?176

CN BC: PUB LTE: Drug Discrimination, The Province, (16 Nov 2006) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v06/n1551/a02.html?176

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Comment #29 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 15:27:07 PT
Half a Bubble Out of Tilt
Had Enough that's so funny.

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Comment #28 posted by Had Enough on November 18, 2006 at 15:12:28 PT
I'm Thinkin...
BS.

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Comment #27 posted by Had Enough on November 18, 2006 at 15:07:58 PT
About the article

This 20yr old is either a half a bubble out of tilt, or it’s BS.

Getting hard to tell these days.

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Comment #26 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 14:50:44 PT
re: It's Just Pot
Might it be a nail

Hammered into flesh

The shadow of that moment

Hides my sun



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Comment #25 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 14:46:06 PT
thinking
Just Realized

Tomorrow is another Christian Sabbath Day

How many million of Christians will bow and pray tomorrow?

There is one Light.

Can You take that carpenter off the cross?

Can you place that carpenter on a cross?



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Comment #24 posted by OverwhelmSam on November 18, 2006 at 14:16:41 PT
It's Just Pot
No big deal, it's just pot. Not like it's going to hurt anybody anyway. Of course the DEA gets it's panties in an uproar about it. There is something strange about the story though. Why did he show the DEA what was in the box after they identified themselves? He could have just said it was none of their business.

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Comment #23 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 14:09:06 PT
We Have Never Danced
So that I can say

How much I Love You



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Comment #22 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 13:55:46 PT
Some one is knocking at the door
Its that damned tax collector

I sure wish we had an election

Today or Tomorrow, going to bring my good hand

To that next election



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Comment #21 posted by goneposthole on November 18, 2006 at 13:43:18 PT
They're smoking it today
They rolled it all into a big pile of joints and are having a party.

They can't fool me.

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Comment #20 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 13:41:10 PT
and yet
there is going to be another election

it is closer to your ass

than I can see

what I see is greener world

you can take a toke and vote

prepare your hand

the next election is coming

Free Cannabis Free People

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Comment #19 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 13:30:53 PT
Only Boiling A Bunch of Chicken Backs
Some day, my eye can see

Beautiful women and handsome men

In some green misted world

Witness

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Comment #18 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 13:12:47 PT
some people
may get angry, I cry,

Peace, Hope you can have an American Thanksgiving



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Comment #17 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 13:06:39 PT
re: the sweat on your brow
It is my sweat and my prayers and tears,

That is witnessing my precious world,



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Comment #16 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 12:59:47 PT
pEEK A bout
I see your eye, and where it is looking ?

You are were looking at the blood

that was dripping down from that awful cross

like the sweat on your brow



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Comment #15 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 12:44:27 PT
global_warming
I believe our time is coming. I didn't believe it would happen until we got away from Republicans in control. Marijuana is considered anti-establishment and it really is when you think about it. The generation of 60s people is coming to the age where they will have clout. When you get near 50 to 60 years old people have gained a lot of sense from just living on this earth that long. I know now why they put us down because we are a threat to the way things are now.

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Comment #14 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 12:37:46 PT
ot as usual
I wonder if there will ever be any true reform in the US of cannabis laws. I realize that the many readers here at cnews come from different age and class groups, surely like that officer said when they get to the scene of a crime and only cannabis is found, what is an an officer to do to bring to the light of Justice the guilty and to satisfy the person who has been wronged?

In this American Drug War, when some human being decides to swallow dirt or grass or some oregano, why is it that cops and lawyers and judges have to get involved.

Free People can make Free Choices



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Comment #13 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 11:54:36 PT
laduncon
Enjoy your bike ride. It's chilly here today so we're just enjoying our little fiber optic Christmas tree and getting in the mood for the holidays.

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Comment #12 posted by laduncon on November 18, 2006 at 11:46:49 PT
Oh, I see the reference to maybe not trusting them
Trust, but verify I suppose...

On another topic, beautiful weather in Texas today. Time to go on a bike ride!

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Comment #11 posted by laduncon on November 18, 2006 at 11:41:55 PT
Re: Comment 6
He who owns the scale is able to determine the weight of the bales. It is not wise to tack one's monetary fate to anothers determination of weight.

i.e. Scales can be fiddled with and numbers can lie :)

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Comment #10 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 11:04:55 PT
The Adverse Effects of Marijuana
Another one from Fred Gardner

http://www.counterpunch.org/gardner11182006.html

..."Cannabis use is steadily finding acceptance in society. Still, for many it remains awkward if not totally impractical in the workplace. People whose jobs require multi-tasking such as pilots, drivers, dispatchers, switchboard operators, and many professionals find the intoxicating effects of cannabis inappropriate in the workplace, and therefore reserve their use for after work."



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Comment #9 posted by global_warming on November 18, 2006 at 11:01:44 PT
Not Today
"No officers came to retrieve the marijuana, McEnry confirmed"

But you can bet on it, there will come the day, when "We those people will come to retrieve our cannabis.

Look around and in your ballot box.

Cannabis should be Free for Free People.



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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 10:19:44 PT
Bill Press Will Be At The Conference
I really like Bill Press.

http://www.billpress.com/

Students Attend Marijuana Conference

11/18/2006

Humboldt State University’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws chapter has sent two students to the Students For Sensible Drug Policy’s International Conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Terra Kopf, president of NORML, and Chelsea Hansen, NORML vice president, are attending the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

The conference features a lobbying day on Capitol Hill on Friday, speakers and workshops on Saturday and Sunday featuring the likes of Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Bill Press of MSNBC and all prominent cannabis activists.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.ssdp.org/conference

Copyright: The Eureka Reporter

http://www.eurekareporter.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=17608

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 10:07:13 PT
Storm Crow
That was funny. Thanks.

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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on November 18, 2006 at 10:05:43 PT
fishy scales...
Don't you think that the dispensary would have had their own scales? Unless this guy distrusted the dispensary (in which case, why would he have been doing business with them?) why would he be packing scales? This seems a little weird to me, too! Of course, HE could just be a little weird from hitting his head too many times while snowboarding stoned out of his gourd! lol

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 10:05:43 PT
Just a Note
It seems the news has basically stopped but we are coming into a big holiday season so that is very understandable.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 18, 2006 at 08:44:47 PT
Truth
Homegrown from this years Farm-Aid Concert.

http://farmaid2006.rusties.net/sounds/ny20060930_02_homegrown.mp3

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Comment #3 posted by unkat27 on November 18, 2006 at 08:34:01 PT
Looks like BS
Something fishy about this story. I suspect that this is a false-flag thing set up by the DEA to make people who deal in medical mj look stupid and irresponsible.

I mean, carrying a couple of pounds of mj in a cardboard box by a fed building, like its candy or something to be given to kids at some school playground, and the man acting like its just another day?

I dunno, it seems very irresponsible and not quite like the way responsible medical mj dealers would act. I suppose I could be wrong, but my guess is this one is a BS set up to make the business look dangerous to innocent kids and ordinary citizens that don't use cannabis.

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Comment #2 posted by Truth on November 18, 2006 at 08:32:06 PT
Homegrown
Homegrown's all right with me. Homegrown is the way it should be. Homegrown is a good thing. Plant that bell and let it ring. -- "Homegrown", Neil Young

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Comment #1 posted by charmed quark on November 18, 2006 at 08:31:25 PT
Bold guy
This guy would definitely be in violation of both state and Federal law, and the amount and the fact he said it was for sale would be a state felony (I think - you Bay Area people correct me if I'm wrong).

But it shows what the local attitude is towards pot that he didn't even worry about this.

What a healthy attitude they have there.



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