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DEA Chief Tells State To Expect More Pot Raids
Posted by CN Staff on October 02, 2002 at 07:55:10 PT
By Brian Seals, Sentinel Staff Writer
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 
Federal drug agents will continue to raid marijuana plots, medicinal and otherwise, the agencyís director said in a letter to state Attorney General Bill Lockyer."As long as marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance, (the Drug Enforcement Administration) will continue its enforcement efforts targeting groups and individuals involved in its distribution," agency head Asa Hutchinson wrote in a Sept. 30 letter.
Hutchinsonís letter, obtained by the Sentinel, was in response to a Sept. 6 letter from Lockyer in which he criticizes a DEA raid on the Davenport garden of the Wo/Menís Alliance for Medical Marijuana, an area medical marijuana cooperative.Hutchinson questioned the medical validity of marijuana, saying it hasnít been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. And he said medical-marijuana laws in the states where it has been approved are being "abused to facilitate traditional illegal marijuana trafficking and associated crime."Medical-marijuana backers, like the alliance, say patients grow pot for themselves and no money changes hands.Hutchinson added that the federal agency is obliged by law to seize plants even if no prosecution results.That is the case with the cooperative, whose co-founders, Mike and Valerie Corral, were arrested during the raid, then released. Agents seized 167 plants, but no charges have been filed. Attorneys for the cooperative filed motions in federal court last week for the return of the plants.After the raid, Lockyer wrote: "The apparent decision by the DEA to put any kind of priority on such raids demonstrates a lack of good judgment and seriously threatens to wreck the historic productive partnership of the DEA and Californiaís state and local law enforcement, undermining our efforts to fight dangerous drugs and the major narco-terrorist organizations that manufacture and distribute them."Hutchinson responded that the DEA continues to partner with state and local agencies around the state in eradicating marijuana.California is one of eight states that has approved marijuana for medical use, placing the state law at odds with the federal government.Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: Brian Seals, Sentinel Staff WriterPublished: October 2, 2002Copyright: 2002 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comWebsite: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/Related Articles & Web Sites:WAMMhttp://www.wamm.org/Americans for Safe Access http://www.safeaccessnow.org News Articles - WAMM Raidhttp://freedomtoexhale.com/valc.htmFederal Government Says It Will Uphold US Drug Lawhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread14323.shtmlSanta Cruz Marijuana Farmer Sue Federal Government http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread14235.shtml
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Comment #6 posted by p4me on October 03, 2002 at 10:08:08 PT
An experiment- I hope it works
I did not check the DE messageboards yesterday and today I get 17 new topics. I think the servers are busy as a result of all the news on Colin's trial. I was hoping the links would copy here, although just the words tell where to find the categories at the Hempcity Community. You should have it bookmarked, but here it is if you want it now: http://213.169.220.28/upload/index.php?s=The 7th one down says that 50 police raided the DE. The servers are still busy or the fascist may have shut down the website. Who knows these days. Maybe this will copy the link to that thread and maybe it won't. I will post if no one else does in this thread. Link on the raid, possibly: http://213.169.220.28/upload/search.php?s=&action=showresults&getnew=true&searchid=28039Displaying Topics 1 to 17 of 17   
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 about Colin's sentence.
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 Stockport fucking Express...
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 Independent, Oct 3.
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 the DE is raided by 50 coppers, with force !!
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 Manchester Evening News oct.3
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 Colin.....!!!
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 Colin's verdict and sentence : 3 years !!
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 colin..&co
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 Manchester Evening News 2/10/ 02
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 Moderator wanted...
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 DE trial day 17 - jury are "out"
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Comment #5 posted by John Markes on October 03, 2002 at 09:38:19 PT
DEA Responsible...
The DEA is responsible for both making and enforcing drug laws. To say it is only enforcing the laws is a lie and, as usual, it's credibility is lessened. I is the only agency with such broad powers. It has had the opportunity to change the schedule marijuana is placed under several times. It's time for them to act more responsibly.
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Comment #4 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on October 02, 2002 at 18:12:33 PT
Life imitates Art imitates Life
All this article needed at the end was the line at the end of today's Doonesbury about "let's go kick some terminally ill ass!" Does the Santa Cruz Sentinal carry Doonesbury?If you haven't seen this week's cartoons, you need to:
http://www.freedomtoexhale.com/db.htm
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Comment #3 posted by Dark Star on October 02, 2002 at 09:30:08 PT
Go Ahead and Look Stupid
The more stupid things the feds do, the greater the backlash we might expect. The same applies to the ill-conceived foreign policy the jingoists espouse as the sabers rattle. The rest of the world yawns, and is appalled.
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Comment #2 posted by malleus on October 02, 2002 at 09:21:42 PT
So much for the Tenth Amendment
The prohibs are bound and determined to start what may become a civil war if this keeps up. People all over California, save for the most self centered or politically ambitious, are realizing what's happening, and the apparent rockheadedness of the fools in Washington is becoming plain to even the most mentally challenged dittohead. All over a weed. So dumb.
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo MD on October 02, 2002 at 08:13:52 PT:
Valerie and Justice
I am pleased to say that Valerie Corral attended and spoke at the Cannabis Symposium at the American Academy of Pain Management meeting in Reno. She remains undaunted in her intention to supply medicine to sick people who require it. She expects to win a law suit to return the seized material.I would like to see this letter, and challenge the medical contentions that Mr. Hutchinson advances.
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