U.S. Drug Agents Raid 13 Medical Marijuana Sites

U.S. Drug Agents Raid 13 Medical Marijuana Sites
Posted by CN Staff on December 12, 2005 at 17:29:04 PT
By Jeff McDonald
San Diego, CA --  Federal agents fanned out across San Diego County on Monday, executing simultaneous search warrants on 13 medical marijuana dispensaries that have been selling pot to sick and dying patients. No one was arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing, officials said, but agents seized dozens of pounds of high-grade marijuana along with equipment, computers, patient files and other materials inside the storefront offices.
In most cases, the agents arrived unannounced with guns drawn. They handcuffed employees and ran background checks on both workers and patients. They used drug-sniffing dogs to seek out marijuana and carted away computers and other equipment in trucks and sport-utility vehicles. A handful of people were arrested on outstanding warrants that were unrelated to the use or possession of medical marijuana, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said. Officials characterized the law-enforcement action as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. But they declined to say if or when any charges would be brought against the dispensary operators. "We're still in the course of our investigation," DEA spokesman Misha Piastro said. The raids were conducted on dispensaries doing business in San Diego and San Marcos after undercover agents purchased marijuana without the paperwork required under state law, Piastro said. In 1996, California voters approved the use of marijuana for patients who have a doctor's recommendation, despite the fact that federal law prohibits marijuana use under any circumstance. As a result, federal agents still make arrests in California, while cities and counties either follow the state law or the federal mandate. In San Diego County, the Board of Supervisors recently refused to follow a provision of the state law and issue identification cards that would help medical marijuana users avoid arrest. Last month, they went a step further and said they would file a lawsuit to challenge the state law. The supervisors voted against the identification cards even after being criticized earlier this year by the San Diego County grand jury. The jury's report said the supervisors had ignored the will of California voters and should take "all possible action" to promote access to marijuana for seriously ill patients. Source: (CA)Author: Jeff McDonaldPublished: December 12, 2005Copyright: 2005 SignOnSanDiego.comContact: joe.cantlupe Website: Articles:County To Sue over Prop. 215 in Federal Court To Sue To Overturn Marijuana Law
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on December 14, 2005 at 07:48:58 PT
Toker00 and Ferre
Let us know how it goes. NORML is having a protest in Washington D.C. today at the Justice Department.
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Comment #34 posted by Toker00 on December 14, 2005 at 07:38:36 PT
I will be there.
Where: 1919 Smith St. Houston Tx. Federal Building.When: 12 noon today.Why: To protest the DEA and all other agencies who keep Cannabis from the sick. ASA, you better get ready. I'm bringing my signs, so get over it. NORML Houston had the protest posted on their site.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!
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Comment #33 posted by Ferre on December 14, 2005 at 07:20:21 PT
Now where is NORML??
Cannabis - THC - Ministry Amsterdam
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Comment #32 posted by whig on December 14, 2005 at 05:20:12 PT
Lamentations 4:20
 20 The LORD's anointed, our very life breath,
    was caught in their traps.
    We thought that under his shadow
    we would live among the nations.
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Comment #31 posted by whig on December 14, 2005 at 05:09:21 PT
I'll say it again: Cannabis is the Eucharist
Ron Bennett writes:
"I must be missing something or the DEA management itself doesn't even know why they are focusing so much on cannabis anymore, but does so out of habit - in a sense the DEA is addicted to cannabis too LOL!"DEA knows what Cannabis is. It is the *end* of their power. Methamphetamine is a minimal issue by comparison, as is heroin, crack cocaine or anything else. None of these threaten to overturn their authority. Cannabis does, and *will*.Jim Lunsford writes:
"I know what I want for Christmas. I already sent Santa my wish list. I want Cannabis legal. How about you? Let's all have a stoner Christmas Day!"4:20 on Christmas Day. You're on! Let's become a *real* Christ mass, then.
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Comment #30 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 14, 2005 at 02:07:13 PT
What's Wrong With Being In It For The Money?
Since the Federal Government won't regulate marijuana, if clubs can provide patients much needed relief and make a profit, what's wrong with that? We are after all a Capitalist Society and I don't think that should be looked at as a bad thing. Ambition is okay, ruthless ambition (DEA) is not.And someone remind Bush that the g d Bible is just a book. Let's see if he really wants to go down that road.
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Comment #29 posted by Jim Lunsford on December 13, 2005 at 14:44:19 PT
That was so cool! Yes, once you get past fear, and that includes it's step-child hope, there is no bravery or courage. Just trust and the moment. What a beautiful experience to have. Somehow, I don't believe you will be going to that hospital. Or if you do, I believe it will ultimately result in our goal of a global hemp based economy. Rev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchHey! It's just life. Might as well enjoy the ride.
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Comment #28 posted by Toker00 on December 13, 2005 at 13:53:49 PT
I can tell you right now, what you've taught and learned at just this one site, if shared with other victims of oppression, and those who guard them, could start, in the prison system, what has started in our society. An Awareness of Truth. An Awareness of What Is Right. Not what is profitable. An awareness that our government is and always has been our captors. An awareness that if freed from this Elite barbaric rule by man, and allowed to follow natural law, humanity could get back on the path of surviving and learning and growing and loving creation like we all know we should be doing and appreciating life, not controlling it or destroying it for some men's selfish lustful but temporary gain. One God. No Religion. The Church of One God. The Cannabistians. The Truth Seekers. The Universe is our Heaven. I Believe.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #27 posted by runruff on December 13, 2005 at 13:08:18 PT:
Greetings to you and yours,
Yes I live in Oregon. Yes I'm being Sent to Mass. I spent 24 hours in jail when I got busted. I earned the nick name THC
in that short amount of time. I sat on a steel table and held "court" with about 10 other inmates who were also in there for vending herbs. I was teaching brother, I was teaching! I told those young men they were heros and patriots. Don't be down trodden by lables and such they had evey right to do what they were doing and that they were in good company like the founding fathers. I can say I lifted a lot of spirits. This will be my mission when I go do my time. Brother herb vendors of America we are patriots and American heros. Do not dispare! 
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Comment #26 posted by Toker00 on December 13, 2005 at 12:48:42 PT
LOL! Runruff, that's just plain cool. Now that will be the first thing that comes to my mind if I ever get popped! If I know I'm gonna get busted, I will darn sure spark one up. Thanks for sharing that, bro.!I sure hope things are turning for you, runruff. You enjoy your holidays with your wonderful wife. I may only wind up donating to the people who are helping you, but I would love to be outside the Fed hospital protesting on the sidewalk. Can you clarify something? Were you busted in Oregon, and your "punishment" (torture) will take place in a Fed. hospital in Massachusetts? Sorry if I didn't recall correctly.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #25 posted by runruff on December 13, 2005 at 10:54:46 PT:
Comment #12
Jim, I did look them in the eyes. It wasn't easy though because I was straring down about 18" of gun barrel in order to do so. I wasn't scared. I was brave. I could tell before it was all over I had won the respect of these cowards. I don't believe anyone of them would have acted the same and they knew it. While sitting in my Lazyboy handcuffed I pulled my pipe out of my robe. I had a full bowl so I lit up while surrounded by about 20 officers. They were going through my things at the time and guarding me.
What happened as I sat and puffed was surreal. They stared at me in disbelief Then turned away as if nothing was happening. Some who had their backs to me at the time turned to look after sniffing the air. Then turned back around as if to say "I didn't see that". And so I sat in a room full of DEA agents puffing away. Later my wife ask me if I was nuts to do that. I said "what were they going to do, arrest me?"
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Comment #24 posted by siege on December 13, 2005 at 10:26:55 PT
rally in opposition
 On Monday December 12th, federal agents raided thirteen medical cannabis dispensaries in San Diego with the help of the local police and sheriff. Today, hundreds of patients and advocates are rallying in San Diego to tell the DEA to stop harassing patients and caregivers!We are asking all medical cannabis supporters to rally in opposition to these raids at noon on Wednesday, December 14th in front of your local federal building. So far, organizers in a dozen cities have stepped forward to plan rallies. Please join them tomorrow in solidarity with medical marijuana patients and advocates nationwide!Please contact Rebecca immediately at rebecca if you plan to organize a rally in another city so we can post the information on our website.Confirmed Cities for Emergency Response Actions:Chicago, IL: contact Matt matt ssdp.orgDallas, TX: contact Meghan arg_me_mateys yahoo.comDenver, CO: contact Brian brianvicente sensiblecolorado.orgGrand Junction, CO: contact Rex towerpaint abctower.comLos Angeles, CA: contact Amanda amanda safeaccessnow.orgProvidence, RI: contact Nathaniel nathaniel_lepp brown.eduRiverside, CA: contact Lanny lannyswerdlow (tentatively planned)Sacramento, CA: contact Aundre aundre safeaccessnow.orgSan Francisco, CA: contact Sarah sarahsmile 37.comTuscon, AZ: contact Mary mmackenzie2 juno.comWashington, DC: contact Eric esterling cjpf.orgWichita, KS: contact C.A. criley2***********These demonstrations are a vital part of our grassroots opposition to the federal crackdown. Please make plans to attend and encourage others to do so. Please check our web site later today for locations of federal buildings and information on additional rallies. Our web site is You can reach the ASA office directly at (510) 251-1856.Thank you for your active support and participation.-- 
Rebecca Saltzman
Field Coordinator
Americans for Safe Access
p (510) 251-1856
f (510) 251-2036
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Comment #23 posted by siege on December 13, 2005 at 08:56:55 PT
Moderator at fox
It look like the Moderator is out for there pee test or they not leting the cannabis people in... 
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Comment #22 posted by Kozmo on December 13, 2005 at 08:36:44 PT
Comment #20
The biggest obstacle we have to overcome in our fight against prohibition is the total ignorance on the part of the general public. Go and read the disscusion forum in the foxtv link in mayans' comment # 20. The responses from the anti MMJ folks in that forum are beyond ignorant. They haven't the slightest clue as to the reality of the affects of prohibition nor any of the research done on marijuana. It's really discouraging to read their clueless comments.
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Comment #21 posted by mayan on December 13, 2005 at 08:00:55 PT
Tom Tomorrow doesn't even have Tom's new one up yet so I had to go to to get it...THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BILL O'REILLY:!
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Comment #20 posted by mayan on December 13, 2005 at 07:38:40 PT
Group: Government's Medical Pot 'Just Isn't Strong Enough' (vote in poll!) forgoes even phony compassion in marijuana vote:
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Comment #19 posted by siege on December 13, 2005 at 07:32:59 PT
called in
I would say San Diego County, the Board of Supervisors CALL them IN !!! to make there point...
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Comment #18 posted by mayan on December 13, 2005 at 07:17:36 PT
Constitution/Piece of Paper
Deal to renew USA Patriot Act extends police-state measures:!!! PATRIOT Act Update: Calls needed now! PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY: The Constitution isn't worth fighting for then we'll deserve the police-state we'll inhabit.
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Comment #17 posted by goneposthole on December 13, 2005 at 06:57:29 PT
If it were legal
there would still be growers growing and ripoffs ripping people off. Ripoffs have been around ever since I can remember and probably before that.25 thousand metric tons of illegal marijuana being bought and sold yearly speaks volumes about the industry. The DEA got a few dozen pounds of it. whoopdeedoo Calvina Fay and the Drug Free America Foundation has found new hope for a drug free America on this day.They're hammering a lump under the rug that pops up at a different spot again and again.
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Comment #16 posted by duzt on December 13, 2005 at 06:44:54 PT
I'm a medical grower and patient in Nevada and have seen how a lot of clubs function and until the states organize the clubs and make sure they are legitimate (the large majority aren't, they are very sketchy and hugely into the money)these things will get worse. I have a hard time feeling bad for some of these guys who are getting shut down. I don't know who all these clubs were or if any deserved it, but many of these clubs are giving the patients and the movement a bad name. Charging $65 an 1/8th or $50/gram for bubble hash is absurd. It's tough to call sometimes, the feds are always going to do what they do but the state should be forcing cities to regulate better and make sure all the clubs are run right. These guys run as not-for-profits a lot of the time while taking in literally hundreds of thousands of dollars a week. Needs to be taxed and regulated like any business. As a grower I wont go near the clubs and as a patient I couldn't afford to.
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Comment #15 posted by kaptinemo on December 13, 2005 at 05:09:14 PT:
Ever notice how...defensive...they are?
Look at the video link provided by FoM. Now think back to all the similar vids you've seen, other instances of DEA people giving interviews about cannabis. See something? Whenever any interviews of the DEA personnel are given, and the subject is cannabis, notice how very...*nervous*...they appear? They try to get their talking points out as fast as they can, as if they were doing the breathy run-together subscript you hear for all those meds you see advertised on the Tube, the kind whose side-effects can make your hair fall out or cause you to shake uncontrollably or some such. Soooo if they were expecting to have their 'facts' challenged. Fortunately for them, too few newsies will do so. But put a reformer in the same room, and watch the fur fly. More likely, though, you'd see the narc run away as fast as his donut-larded body will carry him before any dialogue could begin. Pathetic.
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Comment #14 posted by Toker00 on December 13, 2005 at 04:00:54 PT
Neo-nazi Fascists.
Ron, that is an excellent idea. It would prevent such large quantities from being confiscated at one location. If a few get raided, they still have other places to get their medicine.How do they get so many search warrants? Is there such a thing as a "blanket" warrant? How dare the elected officials of S.D. to go against the people who voted them into office? These people are sinister. The DEA, unfortunately, are doing their "job". The local people who initiated, co-operated in, and/or contributed to these raids should be targeted by protesters, journalists, callers, and other wise made to feel very intimidated. It's not just the law that's wrong. It's the PEOPLE who enforce and cling to these laws out of fear of losing a paycheck, pressure from the black market to keep Cannabis chained, and pressure from vested interests that WILL be destroyed when Cannabis IS re-legalized. Cannabis IS coming!George Bush, We the People are coming to get you with that g-d piece of paper. The Constitution is not just a piece of paper. It is the Will of a free-like people. It is the protection of the people from ignorant, greedy people who try to tyrannize us. Your laws that try to nullify this constitution are themselves null and void to the People. No where in History have the People voted to give up their Unalienable Rights. No where have the People voted to approve the Patriot Act. All these laws you are passing to protect yourself from the People WILL BE STRUCK DOWN BY THE PEOPLE! 13. Why 13? Skull and Bones mentality?Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!   
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Comment #13 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 13, 2005 at 03:58:23 PT
GOOD! Keep on provoking!
Are we having fun yet? I love it when the DEA keeps pissing off the marijuana community. The more they push, the sooner Americans will start firing politicians and ultimately - the D. E. A.
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Comment #12 posted by Jim Lunsford on December 13, 2005 at 03:58:04 PT
Why is the DEA doing what they do? Because they are ignorant agents of the law. Bullies, for the most part. Yet, they must know that their time is coming to an end. Or a new beginning. Of course, if the people continue to lay down at the feet of these bullies in a state of fear, rather than stand up and look them in the eyes and say "Go away Boy, you're bothering me!", it would only be the beginning of this reign of blackboots. Do we have the courage to look the punks in their eyes and say go away? So far we haven't. And that is all they are, just vicious little punks. At least on this level. How are we to learn how to grow without enemies? And how can we learn that there is nothing to fear, but fear itself, if we don't have such a prime example of nothing? How can we learn to appreciate this compassionate plant if we do not go through these trials and tribulations to acquiring it on a global scale?I know what I want for Christmas. I already sent Santa my wish list. I want Cannabis legal. How about you? Let's all have a stoner Christmas Day!Peace,Rev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchTimothy O'Leary: Yeah, we like his message as well. Tune in, drop out. 
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Comment #11 posted by Ron Bennett on December 13, 2005 at 01:27:58 PT
Med Providers Should Compartmentalize Things
Medpot providers should consider compartmentalizing their operations ... and I'm sure some already do.Having a store-front, etc people to register for medpot is one thing ...BUT the actual procuring of medicinal cannabis should be *done via a network of people in various spreadout locations in a descreet manner* ... and NOT stored/distributed from the med provider's main place of operation.If there's little to none at the main location, and never more than a minimal amount (say a pound or two tops) at any other particular location, and furthermore each location is under control of a different person, the rewards of such raids is greatly reduced; greatly increases the risk and cost to the raiders, since they must investigate more people and visit vastly more places, utilizing much more resources - difficult to coordinate a raid of lot of tiny providers, who each has very little to lose, in the world of instant mass commications, such as cell phones, IM, newsgroups, email, etc.What I don't get is why the DEA still does such raids, since such raids tend to hurt their image with mainstream folks, very little political reward, and there's not even much monetary gain - heck, the raids likely cost more to conduct than what they confiscated; if increased funding is what the DEA hopes to achieve, they should be targeting methamphetamines - Congress right now appears to be in the mood to write blank checks for stopping meth ... so again, why is the DEA targeting medcinal cannabis users, let alone cannabis at all. I must be missing something or the DEA management itself doesn't even know why they are focusing so much on cannabis anymore, but does so out of habit - in a sense the DEA is addicted to cannabis too LOL!Ron Bennett
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on December 13, 2005 at 00:38:19 PT:
Goose stepping along, tra la, la,.la,la,
The Devil's Emmaceries of America [DEA] I have met up close and personal. They are not people the likes of which heros are made of. They are bully type personalities. You
know the type. You've met them you're whole life. In school in the hallways pushing and shoving. In public crowding into waiting lines. Taking from the weak with a laughing sneer. Running with their buddies looking for someone weaker to harass or intimadate. Think of these sick types 
being singled out by the federal government then paid and encourged to act this way then tell them in their briefings and meetings that thay are all American heros. Then pay them more money than they could possibly make doing anything else. Sound like a lovely bunch? Well they're not the Brady Bunch. They are the Neo-American Gestapo and they WILL kill you! Sociopaths in uniform.
They see herb vendors as a scourge. Their little pea brains are conditioned daily to hate.
If anyone has a suggestion on how to eleminate or nutralize
this evil force please share it with us. I would love to have my country back.
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Comment #9 posted by herbdoc215 on December 12, 2005 at 21:58:20 PT
Big Brother, lies and murder...Brownshirts?
Anybody else think these nuts are playing? Or that whenever they get to "insert whatever" region things will be different? There is a whole new program going on here since I left before 9-11, has this country lost it's mind? Homeland Security has pissed me off a couple of times already being all Nazi, "papers please"...what the hell is going on??? I am going back to Canada so fast that I can almost taste it, America has lost it's mind, and I have lost my desire to ever step foot in this country again. Peace, steve"Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore, they're already overcrowded from your dirty little war.
Jesus son't like killing no matter what the reason for." 
John Prine
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Comment #8 posted by siege on December 12, 2005 at 20:52:21 PT
Thompson quotes the President as screaming back, "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a g-d- piece of paper!"Thompson said he talked with three people who were present for that meeting and that they all confirmed that President Bush called the Constitution a "g-d- piece of paper."Please understand, Thompson is a career journalist. To my knowledge, his news site only produces credible news. For the sake of this column, therefore, let's deal with the possibility that what Doug Thompson wrote was truthfully told him by people who were in attendance at that meeting. (No, Thompson did not name those persons.)
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Comment #7 posted by Jim Lunsford on December 12, 2005 at 19:42:58 PT
The Wheels of Change...
have been set in motion now. The DEA had to raid the facilities now or never. Note the Merck mistrial today. Now the new evidence is going to be admitted to the jury. And it was hung before.Cannabis is here. On all fronts we discover that Cannabis has supporters in almost every area of our life that citizens desire in a free country. And it's opponents are SO out of public favor.Big oil is not enjoying the fire in England. The health consequences of the toxic fumes and the inability to put it out, combined with the growing popular concern over the environmental effects of our way of life.Merck, just see the beginning of this posting. Fashion, medicine, legal reform, civil rights, state rights, individual rights, religious rights, all rights have converged into a single and overwhelming majority. The whole.All of this information that has been rushing into our society has led us to a much higer order of being. We are more intuned as to our truer nature. Our society is following the Law of Dissipative Structures. And it is quick and wonderful to gaze upon.The more developed and dissipative the structure, the more dramatic the change. Totally unpredictable as to the result, but the probability can be determined with some accuracy, though not in it's entirity in extremely complex structures.The human brain is thought to be the most dissipative structure in the physical world. At least the known physical one. So what does that make our society? There is great change coming soon. And fast. I will enjoy the show. And Toker00, I am in a common agreement with you on religions. Though I don't really consider myself a Christian either. I became a Buddhist in 1976, but that is a philosophy and a path as well. It is the Christ path to me.I have learned somethings from some of those "close calls" in my life. Not only in why I wound up in those situations, but how I made it through them as well. Fear of what could be, fear of inadequacy for future problems, whatever. My mind could bring those fears into reality. My wondering if I could handle situations was answered.And I did. So far anyway. And we only die once in life. At least this one. The more I trusted myself to find the answer to the situation, and the more determined I am to find a way; while at the same time accepting whatever outcome; the more unstoppable I became. It is that way in everything, and yet it doesn't really matter.I know that Cannabis is legal. For those few who do not understand that yet, let us try to guide them with compassion. Though that compassion can be a bit of the old "tough love." We all do need to get along with each other. Why not start today.I know the more we focus on appreciating this very moment we are experiencing, the less the past hinders us. And the less the future frightens us. Trust ourselves to bring about the reality we desire, then trust your actions help bring it to life. Remember, even inaction is action. You just aren't aware of it all.Peace to all,Rev Jim LunsfordFirst Cannabist ChurchReality: Whatever you think it is, it isn't. You are all your perceptions. And yet, you are even so much more.
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Comment #6 posted by joegames on December 12, 2005 at 19:40:26 PT:
Mexican Drug Cartel Profits Protected By DEA
As wars inspired by our government rage abroad, this despicable act of DEA raids really, really sours the entrance to the holiday season. It's a shame that many people will now be forced back to the black market to obtain their medicine.Any person with any amount of intelligence can see this is merely a pursuit to protect interests of the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and alcohol industries, all of which directly and in-directly keep the DEA and their ill conceived agenda afloat.What goes on here? Does the DEA think their actions serve as a deterrent? Thousands of bona-fide MD's are recommending smokeless medical cannabis to kids and adults all across America, both above and below ground.The DEA are a bunch of pussies. Period. Rather than going after tweakers and other more threatening characters in the drug trade, they target easy law abiding citizens who are taking advantages of true democracy and liberties afforded by voter approved legislation and state mandated guidelines.Meanwhile, terrorists are making dirty bombs all throughout SD County and the DEA and their collective cronies are honing in on the easy kill, harmless medical cannabis patients.I really cannot see how any member of the DEA can look themselves in the mirror in the morning. Oh, that's right, their mostly comprised of pathetic drunks so they can live the life of denial collectively.Professor Lyle Cracker has something coming for you DEA retards.The drug epidemic is a health issue and not a criminal enterprise as our government would like us all to believe via their propaganda machine, the ONDCP. Ask a doctor. They know a thing or two more about health than the DEA.John Fernandes, you are truly a bought and paid for pathetic puke. Happy Hangovers Barney.
Science Over Subjective Rhetoric
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 12, 2005 at 18:43:50 PT
Related Article from The Associated Press
Authorities Raid 13 San Diego Area Marijuana Dispensaries***December 12, 2005SAN DIEGO - Federal drug agents raided 13 San Diego-area marijuana dispensaries on Monday, seizing large quantities of the drug, computers and records in one of the largest crackdowns of its kind in California.Authorities executed warrants at 11 dispensaries in San Diego and two in the northern suburb of San Marcos as well as the home of one of the shops' owners, said John Fernandes, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration."These were nothing more than a front for distributing marijuana," Fernandes said.One man, armed with a firearm, was arrested as he drove up to a dispensary with two pounds of marijuana he was trying to sell - apparently unaware of the raid taking place. Agents seized a large, but unspecified amount, of marijuana along with small amounts of psychedelic mushrooms, hashish and hashish oil.Steph Sherer of the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access called the raids outrageous and a cowardly act of an administration that was out of touch with voters. Medical marijuana advocates planned to protest the raids Tuesday outside San Diego's federal courthouse.In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which decriminalized the use of medical marijuana under state law. However, under federal law, it is illegal to use marijuana even for medical purposes.Authorities began investigating San Diego's dispensaries six months ago, prompted, in part, by complaints from neighbors. Instead of providing marijuana to seriously ill patients as voters had intended, dispensaries that were raided Monday sold marijuana to young adults, Fernandes said. The combination of drugs and cash also has attracted armed robbers, he said."The message here is to essentially notify the community through our actions that these dispensaries posed a severe public hazard," Fernandes said.DEA agents treated the dispensaries as they would any other criminal narcotics operation, seizing computers and other records to get an inside picture of how the dispensaries operated, where they obtained their marijuana and how profits were distributed, he said.Last month, San Diego County became the first county in California to defy a state-ordered medical marijuana identification card and registry program. County supervisors ignored a warning from their own attorneys that the action would lead to costly litigation.
 Copyright: 2005 Associated Press
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 12, 2005 at 18:35:59 PT
Video of Medical Marijuana Raids
Video: Marijuana Raids Stretch From Beach Community To Inner City
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 12, 2005 at 18:27:59 PT
I know it will anger many people. This is a time when people get busy with the holidays and aren't as in tune with the news. That seems to be when raids happen. They must plan everything.
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on December 12, 2005 at 18:19:37 PT
This will only enrage the citizenry,expose the arrogance of the DEA and Sand Diego city supervisors, and hasten the recall of said supervisors.I imagine the DEA is still pissed about Denver but they will really be pissed after Rhode Island proves that medical cannabis is not a "dead issue"!!! THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...VOICE JOINS 9/11 SKEPTICS:$50,000,000.00 Reward Offer for 9/11 Conspiracy Proof: Information Center: the War Machine By Facing the Truth of 9/11:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 12, 2005 at 17:30:13 PT
Merry Christmas
It really is something that they would do this over the holiday season. 
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