federal prosecutors in California and the other 13 states that have
legalized medical Marijuana that law enforcement should focus their
efforts on major drug trafficking networks, rather than patients and
providers "in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state
policy announced in March by Attorney General Eric Holder (and a
promise made by President Obama on the campaign trail last year):
Federal officials raiding and prosecuting state-approved medical
Marijuana patients and providers is now regarded as "not a good use of
announcement in March, more than a dozen DEA agents with drawn guns
the intersection of 12th and Howard streets, confiscated all the
Marijuana, and left without filing charges or arresting anyone.
According to DEA spokeswoman Casey Minor, this is the only medical
Marijuana raid that has been conducted in San Francisco so far this
"guidelines" again. The law hasn't changed, at the federal level. The
rules haven't even changed. And what, exactly, are the consequences to
a Bush appointee, a loyal and dedicated drug warrior, who chooses to
ignore those guidelines? Unfortunately, there don't seem to be many
consequences at all.
"many dispensaries" in San Francisco (which has 23 officially licensed
pot shops) and around California aren't really non-profit ventures. He
vows will will prosecute any distributor "fraudulently" operating as a
commercial enterprise. "By that I mean people who are in it as if they
were running a neighborhood candy store instead of running a commune, a
collective or a group club that caters only to specific identified
persons," he told Mission Local.
this mean federal agents are currently preparing to raid more San
Francisco dispensaries? "I cannot affirm or deny the existence of
ongoing criminal investigations," said Russoniello, who added, "Whether
people understand that there is a very high risk of detection and
prosecution if they are engaged in this business as a commercial
enterprise, I don't know."
medicine for our patients, and we try to be as compassionate as we can"
said Rose, who manages Emmalyn's, the clinic raided in March. "Last
time was traumatizing. I don't want to feel that again."