Medical Marijuana Activists are Arrested

Medical Marijuana Activists are Arrested
Posted by CN Staff on September 24, 2002 at 07:38:09 PT
By Elizabeth Hume -- Bee Staff Writer
Source: Sacramento Bee
Nearly 30 advocates for medical marijuana were arrested and cited for public disturbance during a protest at the federal courthouse on Monday.The protest started at noon on the south lawn of the State Capitol. Hundreds of protesters from all over California gathered to make a stance against the federal government's recent raids of medical marijuana suppliers.
"It's culminated in a huge outcry and the anger has really been building," said Judy Appel, the deputy director of legal affairs for Drugs Policy Alliance. "We hope to send a clear message to Washington that we want the government to stop impeding clear access to medicine."An hour later, about 250 protesters walked the few blocks to the federal building at Fifth and I streets."We'd like Gov. Gray Davis and Attorney General Bill Lockyer to follow through with their statements and support," Hilary McQuie said. Snipped: Complete Article: Sacramento Bee (CA)Author: Elizabeth Hume -- Bee Staff WriterPublished: Tuesday, September 24, 2002Copyright: 2002 The Sacramento BeeContact: opinion sacbee.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:WAMM Policy Alliance For Safe Access Rally For Medical Marijuana Use Protest Leads to Arrests at White House Supporters Fight Feds 
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo MD on September 24, 2002 at 08:11:29 PT:
The Remainder--
"We're giving them time so our main focus was the federal, not the state, buildings."For more than an hour, students, advocates and patients sat in front of the entrance to the federal building, demanding that President Bush pardon Bryan Epis, who was found guilty of conspiracy and of manufacturing the drug in July."I'm very eager to have the federal government back off and accept the laws of California," said Don Duncan, a Berkeley resident who was one of the protesters arrested. "I think everyone was very encouraged today. A lot of people are leaving Sacramento today feeling energized by it." 
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