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Protest DEA Bust of Cannabis Resource Center

by IMC-Repost-Bot Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001 at 4:53 PM

The DEA raided the Cannabis Resource Center, SoCal's best source of medical marijuana. Protest Friday 2PM at West Hollywood City Hall.



DEA Escalates War on Medical Marijuana Users,

Wipes Out L.A. Cannabis Resource Center



Protest today (Friday) at West Hollywood City Hall,


8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, at 2:00 p.m.





On October 25, scores of DEA agents descended upon the L.A. Cannabis

Resource Center in West Hollywood, seizing the center's computers,

files, bank account, plants, and medicine. The DEA cited the May 2001

U.S. Supreme Court decision as justification for its action. No

charges have been filed.



The raid effectively shut down the largest, best organized, and most

respected medical marijuana distribution center in Southern

California. West Hollywood city officials, who have strongly supported

the club, are calling a press conference to protest the action at City

Hall at 2:00 p.m. on October 26.



The federal war on medical marijuana users continues to target

distribution centers, while leaving STATE medical marijuana laws and

individual patients and caregivers unmolested.



Last month, a garden in Ventura, California, that grew marijuana for

the L.A. Cannabis Resource Center was seized by federal agents.

Additional DEA action was recently highlighted in the ongoing case of

a Cool, California, physician and attorney whose medical marijuana

distribution operation was raided, with the DEA seizing thousands of

patient records, in addition to a small number of marijuana plants

that were being grown for personal use.



These heavy-handed DEA actions can only be interpreted as the will of

Asa Hutchinson, the new DEA administrator (and former U.S. House

member) who declared war on medical marijuana during his confirmation

process in the U.S. Senate in July.



MPP's strategy to address the DEA problem is to pass H.R. 2592 in

Congress, which would allow states to determine their own medical

marijuana policies without federal interference. If H.R. 2592 were to

be passed and signed into law by President Bush, then California could

authorize medical marijuana distribution centers, which would

therefore be immune to federal raids and prosecution.



On September 27, MPP sent a mailing to its nationwide membership

asking people to write to their U.S. House members in support of

H.R. 2592. In the next few days, MPP will issue an e-mail alert to its

30,000 members and allies nationwide, asking everyone to visit MPP's

soon-to-be-unveiled Web page that will make it easy for citizens to

fax pre-written letters to their members of Congress.



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HOW TO SUPPORT THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT



MPP is funded entirely by the contributions of its dues-paying members

nationwide. To support MPP's work and receive the quarterly newsletter

"Marijuana Policy Report," please send .00 annual dues to:

 

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

P.O. Box 77492

Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. 20013

202-232-0442 FAX



Because MPP devotes 100% of its efforts toward influencing public

policy, contributions are not tax-deductible. However, donations to

MPP Foundation, MPP's educational branch, are tax-deductible and can

be made on-line at http://www.mpp.org/join-mpp.html

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