Pot Proponents Protest SFPD's Role In Raids

July 12, 2005

, CBS 5

A group of medical marijuana users and advocates in San Francisco have been demanding that local police 'cease and desist' participation in federal raids on pot clubs.

Americans for Safe Access, a national coalition that works to protect the rights of medical-marijuana users, organized a rally on Tuesday in front of the San Francisco Hall of Justice.

The group contends San Francisco police should not have had any involvement in the Drug Enforcement Administration's June 23 raid on three pot clubs.

The San Francisco Police Department maintains its participation in the operation was limited to the execution of search and arrest warrants and that it was not involved in the raids or investigations of pot clubs.

But Shona Gochenaur and other representatives of Americans for Safe Access said any involvement was too much.

American's for Safe Access organized four protests on Tuesday. In addition to San Francisco, rallies were planned in San Diego, Sacramento and Los Angeles, according to spokeswoman Hillary McQuie. Approximately 20 attended the San Francisco rally Tuesday afternoon.

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