Medical Pot Advocates Riled Over Federal Raid 
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Medical Pot Advocates Riled Over Federal Raid 
Posted by CN Staff on January 29, 2010 at 06:05:12 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Federal drug-enforcement agents earlier this week seized medical-marijuana samples from a Denver lab that does potency testing for dispensaries, in what cannabis advocates say is an instance of continued official harassment of the medical-marijuana industry.The raid at Full Spectrum Laboratories, just north of downtown Denver, occurred Wednesday, said Betty Aldworth, the lab's outreach director. She said agents took dozens of medical-marijuana samples  either small pieces of plants or test tubes of "extraction fluid"  but left the lab's equipment and did not arrest anyone.
Neither a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman nor a U.S. attorney's office spokesman would confirm or deny that the raid took place. Documents that would reveal why federal authorities targeted the lab were not available Thursday. "We cannot comment on ongoing federal investigations," DEA spokesman Mike Turner said.Rob Corry, an attorney for the lab, also declined to comment.Aldworth said lab employees are baffled as to why DEA agents would raid the lab. She said the lab is designated as a caregiver for several medical-marijuana patients in the state. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last year that federal authorities would not bother people operating in compliance with their state's medical-marijuana laws, but would continue to pursue anyone authorities believed were using the laws as cover for more nefarious activities."The advice that we received suggested we were doing everything we needed and more to be legal," Aldworth said.The lab, which opened in November, conducts tests on different marijuana strains to determine their potency and help dispensaries provide dosing guidelines for patients. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: January 29, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on January 29, 2010 at 14:55:55 PT
Thank you. The doctor said I will be back to normal within 6 weeks so that makes me happy.
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Comment #8 posted by dongenero on January 29, 2010 at 13:42:11 PT
Glad you are on the road to recovery. Get well soon!
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Comment #7 posted by Storm Crow on January 29, 2010 at 11:43:34 PT
Some happy news! 
I have just heard from Stephanie Landa, and she is FREE! Her last day at the halfway house was the 28th! One less "War on Drugs" prisoner!I have been writing to her in prison since 2008- I just felt she got a really raw deal. If you don't know her story, you can read it at- 
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Comment #6 posted by ezrydn on January 29, 2010 at 07:33:13 PT:
Got my state and town mixed up between two stories. But the idea still stands.
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Comment #5 posted by ezrydn on January 29, 2010 at 07:31:35 PT:
An Idea
Why not just "ban" or "throw out" the DEA in California? That's got to be a possibility. Actually, they're just mad because Spectrum is doing what they won't do, or can't.I would think that after MMJ is acopted by most of the states with a few of them going the legal route, there might not be a reason for the DEA's existance any longer.Rather than a "DEA," we need a CVU (Cartel Violence Unit).
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on January 29, 2010 at 06:45:26 PT
FoM & Stick
God speed!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 29, 2010 at 06:42:04 PT
Thank you. You are so sweet. I'm getting better everyday.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on January 29, 2010 at 06:29:14 PT
Thank you FoM!
Hope you get well fast!Ps. this raid is the lowest of the low! Shame on the DEA and the Feds!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 29, 2010 at 06:27:47 PT
Just a Note
We'll be back later on today. I have to go get the clamps removed from my surgery. Keep posting links if something important pops up. Thank you everyone.
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