Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested 

Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested 
Posted by CN Staff on November 01, 2006 at 06:15:20 PT
By North County Times
Source: North County Times
San Diego, CA -- Angry medical marijuana patients were arrested Tuesday when they staged a protest at a convention of federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley.Officials from Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland-based group that has advocated on behalf of medical marijuana patients, said seven people were arrested, and one man cited, when the protesters refused to leave the hotel after demanding to see DEA Chief Karen Tandy.
A San Diego Police Department spokesman confirmed that there was an incident at the convention that involved arrests.Local medical marijuana patients have been angered by a crackdown by federal agents - supported by county law enforcement officials - that has essentially shut down marijuana dispensaries.California voters approved the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, which makes it legal for seriously ill people to use marijuana to ease their pain or symptoms.However, federal law says all marijuana use is illegal, and San Diego County supervisors are suing to overturn the Compassionate Use Act.Vista resident Craig McClain, who said he has used marijuana for years to ease severe spasms from having his spine crushed in a construction-related accident, was the protester who was cited and released."I can't believe I'm having to go through this all over again," McClain, who, though relegated to moving around by electric scooter because of pain, lobbied for the Compassionate Use Act 10 a decade ago. "I feel like my vote never counted."Source: North County Times (Escondido, CA)Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006Copyright: 2006 North County TimesContact: letters nctimes.comWebsite: http://www.nctimes.comAmericans For Safe Access Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #31 posted by mayan on November 02, 2006 at 01:47:29 PT
Off Topic
Armed Men Terrorize School - Michigan raid part of unfolding agenda to mould schools into prisons and students into obedient slaves:
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 21:36:59 PT
Cannabis is a worldwide issue. It unites even when it is bound by bad laws. 
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 21:34:57 PT
Thank you for saying how things might be after elections. I have driven thru Indiana many times. It is a beautiful state. 
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Comment #28 posted by The GCW on November 01, 2006 at 21:11:32 PT
Peace is the red dot in middle of dart board.
Israel: Israeli, Lebanese War Burns Pot Smokers Wed, 01 Nov 2006
Source: Washington Post (DC)""""They don't realize that all their wars are hurting the only thing that can bring a little quiet to the region." Do I smell a possible Nobel Peace Prize nominee? """
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Comment #27 posted by Wayne on November 01, 2006 at 20:41:35 PT
Re: Indiana
I was born and raised in Indiana. And it is a VERY red state. There are many, many good-hearted, friendly people there, and if it weren't for the lack of good jobs it is actually a wonderful place to live. Unfortunately, from a political standpoint, the people tend to be 'sheep', and the politicians there have perfected the art of f***ing them on a regular basis. Occasionally you get a good politician who actually makes a positive contribution, but 99% of them are worthless. This Mark Souder guy is waaaay down on that 99% totem pole. He is just a clueless, hateful individual who is stuck in 1985. He still believes, after all these years and wasted money, that making America 'drug-free' will solve all our problems.Fortunately, the odds are in our favor. Dankhank hit on it earlier. A 52% showing for a REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT in INDIANA is piss-poor. If he does get re-elected, it will be by the skin of his balls.And remember this (this is straight from his website): "Congressman Souder is Chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources. The Subcommittee is responsible for authorizing legislation for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and its programs as well as general oversight for all U.S. government drug control efforts (including international and interdiction programs, law enforcement, and prevention and treatment initiatives)."This means that even if Souder does manage to hold on for 2 more years, if the Republicans lose the majority, he will still lose that Chairman seat. THAT will shut him up. He may still go on with his anti-drug rhetoric, but he won't be important enough for anyone to listen to him (AND he will be in the minority, which would make him EVEN less important!)So the lesson here is this: Hoosiers traditionally lean to the right, but even THEY have their breaking point. And don't worry about Souder. If the Republicans lose next week, everything else will work itself out.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 18:06:39 PT
I think one of the problems with the way Indiana thinks and seems to like Souder is there are many Conservative Christians and Mennonites. My sister in law is a Mennonite and they have big families in Indiana.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 18:03:15 PT
Bush Owes Troops an Apology, Not Kerry
Another great commentary by Keith Olbermann! Go Keith! I worry about his safety.
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Comment #24 posted by mayan on November 01, 2006 at 17:56:34 PT
Souder leads 52%-40% but it looks like it is tightening. He evidently lives among some inbred neanderthals. If the folks from Indiana re-elect him they get what they deserve.IN-03: CQ: Souder No Longer Completely Safe
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Comment #23 posted by ekim on November 01, 2006 at 17:49:52 PT
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: endorsement ofHayhurst
Sunday, October 29, 2006 Representative Mark Souder's hometown paper endorses opponentVia Dare Generation Diary, an endorsement in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: 
... And some of Souder's other efforts, such as his bill prohibiting college students with drug convictions from getting financial aid, have hurt Hoosiers. Indiana leads the nation in the rate of college students denied federal aid because of the law. Hayhurst is the better choice for voters of the 3rd District. thank you Truth.
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Comment #22 posted by Dankhank on November 01, 2006 at 17:40:05 PT
Souder is weak for an incumbent ...
This 30 Oct. Fort Wayne Indiana News/Sentinel story ...
Souder got 52%
Hayhurst got 40%
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 17:37:22 PT
I don't know how many will be out after the elections because it's hard for me to keep up with everything but I am watching my state and I really believe if we get the Democrats in Ohio we will have a medical marijuana law happen here. I find it hard to look beyond that right now because anything could happen between now and November 7th. I will be so glad when it is over. 
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Comment #20 posted by OverwhelmSam on November 01, 2006 at 17:08:39 PT
Say Goodbye To Our Buddy Senator Rick Santorium
Looks like Rick is getting the boot. Wonder how many other of our arch nemesis are getting ejected from Congress. Seems Dennis Hastert is on his way out too. Haven't heard anything about super jerk Souder. Guess that the blind voters in Indiana want Souder back in for another two years. Would have been a real pleasure to see him get his pink slip.
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 13:55:03 PT
Thanks for the poll and links. My sister has been visiting and she is a Republican and she is voting for Strickland too. That made me happy and hopefully other Republicans will do the same.
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Comment #18 posted by greenmed on November 01, 2006 at 13:54:31 PT
Thanks for the links. I plan to watch, so long as HBO doesn't experience 'technical difficulties.'From the link:"We stand by the film," said Jeff Cusson, a spokesman for HBO, which is a unit of Time Warner Inc."We have no intention of withdrawing it from our schedule. It appears that the film Diebold is responding to is not the film HBO is airing."Don't know if this has been posted yet... a demo of how vote counts on the Diebold machines can be manipulated (from Fox news, no less):
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Comment #17 posted by whig on November 01, 2006 at 13:08:26 PT
What do Karl Rove's numbers show?
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Comment #16 posted by whig on November 01, 2006 at 13:07:03 PT
Said and done, but the unfolding of time reveals all.
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Comment #15 posted by mayan on November 01, 2006 at 11:12:45 PT
According to the latest Zogby poll it's 51% for Strickland and 43% for Blackwell. Ohio Governor's Race - Latest Polls:'s a good one to save...TPM Poll Tracker:
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Comment #14 posted by museman on November 01, 2006 at 10:33:58 PT
the right to...
There's that damn 1,000 pound gorilla again. Somebody put it in a cage please? Or at least stop trying to pretend that it's human."Rights" are obviously determined by the ones with the guns.Definitions of terms are manipulated by the ones with the bucks.The Truth is the purvue of the dead, 'cause the living only become dead when they live by it.America, as a nation is an aberration, it is founded on lies, held up by murder, destruction, and threat. It's leaders cannot be anything but agreeing members of the club, the hypocrisy will not stand up to even the simplest common sense and truth.This country, this land, and this people, on the other hand, are not 'America' as it rides hard to Armageddon, but too many are bound to the back of the Juggernaut as it hurdles to oblivion.America is Babylon the Harlot, drunk on the blood of too too many good people. We have an opportunity to stop it, but never has there been such a power, never such a marvel. Marijuana is the supreme gift of the herbal creation. It is the clarifier of spiritual nature. The 'plant of reknown' given for 'the healing of nations.'A nation is it's people, not it's policy-makers, but in our striving to have the perfect material 'American Dream' we have let them rule the day, yesterday, today, and probably tomorrow. There are some who have not the brain capable of recieving the benefits of cannabis, because they have embraced the ways and means of the serpent, and the cold-blooded can not process the cannabinol without conjuring up all the mistake and error of serpentine thinking- an attempt of the healing herb to reveal the disease- thus their fear of enlightenment is to them enough justification to wage war on us. Many kings and princes have slept in that 1'000 pound gorilla's bed, and modern 'leaders' are mere kings and princes, whitewashed with modern nomenclature.Though it is not our due to put these inhuman monsters out of our misery, it is only a matter of time before the real 'master' comes back, and when that happens it will be all I can do to restrain my glee at the dispensation of long, long overdue justice.Mr. Gorilla, start looking for another planet, because your time of just sleeping wherever you want, of flaunting your obese power in the faces of the poor and 'non-club-members' is coming to a sorry sorry end. You have been warned.
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Comment #13 posted by mayan on November 01, 2006 at 10:10:25 PT
That's great! If Blackwell wins then everyone will know it was rigged. Thanks!
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 10:00:52 PT
I am following Ohio very closely. Strickland 62% and Blackwell 32%.
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on November 01, 2006 at 09:50:26 PT
Mid-term Madness
It seems that there there will be no network/AP exit polls in House races on Election Day...The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley fix must be in.Other news...Diebold demands that HBO cancel documentary on voting machines: Fumbles Attempt to Stop HBO Airing of 'Hacking Democracy'! a shocking new GOP court victory and Karl Rove's attack on Ohio 2006 doom the Democrats nationwide? Ken Blackwell find the ways to steal Ohio 2006 as he did in 2004?, do you know Blackwell's poll numbers compared to his opponent's? I really want to see that scumbag go down in flames.
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Comment #10 posted by dongenero on November 01, 2006 at 09:30:10 PT
question the Marriott hotel
Someone should question Marriott management regarding their position on free speech, public assembly and whether or not they requested the protesters to leave.I agree with whig, this sounds like something between the DEA and local law enforcement.
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Comment #9 posted by whig on November 01, 2006 at 09:17:37 PT
Kris Hermes
He really is a messenger, and a very level headed person who would not defiantly trespass. If you are in a hotel parking lot you cannot be ARRESTED if you are asked by the management to leave and you do. If they were asked by the DEA to leave that would not be an instruction they would be bound to obey, however, as the DEA has no authority to regulate the premises against protesters.If the police arrested these people on suspicion of trespass, it means that presumably DEA told police they wanted these people held and claimed that they "had been trespassing" therefore creating "suspicion" of same. But this is also false arrest.
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Comment #8 posted by whig on November 01, 2006 at 09:10:46 PT
How do you arrest anyone on SUSPICION of TRESPASSING?
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Comment #7 posted by Truth on November 01, 2006 at 09:08:01 PT
Thanks for keeping us posted about LEAP. You're doing something really good...
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Comment #6 posted by Rainbow on November 01, 2006 at 09:02:37 PT
DEA access
have you notice that there is no way to contact the DEA via email or contact us ion their website?At least the ONDCP does.I would love to have tandy's email address.Rainbow
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on November 01, 2006 at 08:54:48 PT
Related Article
Police Arrest Medical Marijuana Advocates At DEA Convention: the above linked article..."They planned to ask Tandy "where they should get their medicine, now that the agency has shut down all medical cannabis dispensaries in the area," Sherer said."When she declined, San Diego police arrested the seven for trespassing and cited one," Sherer said, adding that the eighth was a man in a wheelchair."So, Tandy declined to speak with these legitimate medical cannabis patients? I guess she just couldn't face the people who need the medicine that she's denying them so she just had them brushed under the rug where they couldn't remind her how inhumane she truly is. What a yellow coward Karen Tandy is. Such cowards we are dealing with!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Panelists raise doubts over 9/11 - Speakers at CU say government deceiving citizens: Marshall, Green Candidate for Congress in Vermont, Airs Concerns About 9/11 on Vermont Public Radio: call to NTSB regarding AA77 Flight Data Recorder (video):, November 11 - FROM 9/11 TRUTH TO 9/11 JUSTICE: A Symposium on Taking Back Our Nation: For 9/11 Truth: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL: 
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on November 01, 2006 at 07:13:27 PT
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition in San Diego
Nov 9 06 KLSD 1360 Interview 08:00 AM Norm Stamper San Diego California USA 
 LEAP speaker and author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing, Norm Stamper is interviewed on the Stacy Taylor Show. Listen live from their site! Nov 13 06 Law Enforcement Administration Class 06:00 PM Norm Stamper San Diego California USA 
 Retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, speaking to a criminal justice class at San Diego State University hosted by Prof. Rulette Armstead ( retired San Diego P.D) Nov 16 06 A Top Cop Explains the Border Wars 01:00 PM Norm Stamper San Diego California USA 
 LEAP speaker and advisory board member, Retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper speaks at an SSDP sponsored event.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 01, 2006 at 06:47:16 PT
Craig McClain
God love him, please.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on November 01, 2006 at 06:46:32 PT
Disgusting and sad and horrible....
DEA should hold their "conventions" in Hell with their leader.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 01, 2006 at 06:27:02 PT
Advocates Protest Outside Conference
By Jeff McDonaldNovember 1, 2006 Armed with bullhorns and posters  and seemingly the will of voters  dozens of medical marijuana activists staged a protest outside a Mission Valley hotel yesterday. 
The hour-long demonstration, called to counter a two-day drug-abuse prevention conference under way at the Marriott, ended in a standoff in the hotel parking lot. 
Police arrested seven people on suspicion of trespassing, including Kris Hermes, a lawyer for Americans for Safe Access, the Berkeley group that organized the demonstration. Craig McClain, a partially paralyzed 50-year-old man from Vista, was cited and released at the scene because he uses an electric cart. McClain broke into tears as he was ticketed. Snipped:Complete Article:
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