Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mr. Obama Keep Your Promise!

President Obama, during his campaign, promised to end the DEA/Federal Raids on Medical Cannabis dispensaries in California and other states where citizens have voted to legalize this form of medical treatment.

I, like many other proponents of cannabis and cannabic medicine, applauded that as a step in the right direction and a nod towards state's rights. I even, like Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, am cautiously optimistic about his appointee for "drug czar," Gil Kerlikowkse, whose first announcement as director of national drug policy was that "we must end the drug war."

Now, just a few months after his tenure began, it looks like the same old
"dog and pony show" once again....WTF?!!?!

That is, the busts of pot dispensaries have continued, with Federal approval. See the article from the L.A. Times below for more specifics.

We must demand that the President keep his promises and that the "drug czar" does also--end the drug war!

L.A. Now


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DEA, FBI, IRS raid two Westside pot dispensaries; officers shoot a pit bull

August 12, 2009 | 3:01 pm

Federal authorities and local police agencies today raided two Westside marijuana dispensaries as well as the residence of the owners.

The raids occurred at a facility on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles. Authorities recovered undisclosed items and are continuing their investigation, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman. The names of the owners whose homes were searched were not immediately available.

During one of the raids, officers shot a dog believed to be a pit bull, but the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, a law enforcement spokesman said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

Law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on pot dispensaries for some time, but officials did not immediately say what prompted these raids.

[Update] Officials said they reported 200 plants, 100 pounds of marijuana, $100,000 cash and made one arrest. The dog that was shot by authorities was treated by a vet and expected to make a full recovery.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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