DEA takes 3 Oregon medical cardholders' plants

October 29, 2002


The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation (THCF) has reliable evidence that earlier this month an Oregon-licensed medical marijuana garden in Linn County, Oregon serving 3 patients, one a 52 year old quadriplegic man, has had all of its 12 plants seized by a DEA agent, in association with Linn County's 'Valiant Team' (a local drug enforcement squad). We are investigating the incident and will report more fully on this in 24 hours. A patient voluntarily showed the drug agents the 12 plant garden, which, for 3 patients could have had up to 21 plants and still been legal under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act that voters approved on in November 1998. The three patients have valid licenses which cost them $150 each, so in total they had paid state fees of $450 allowing and protecting them so they may grow, posses and use medical marijuana under the state law. The DEA agent, who made the seizure under federal law, told one of his victims, 'I've been in drug enforcement for 24 years and you're the first person to ever ask for a receipt.' At another point, the cruel DEA agent told a state-licensed, quadriplegic, former war hero, 'You're lucky we don't seize your home.' Another time during the assault the DEA agent said, 'You're lucky we don't seize your lights.' THCF will file a lawsuit regarding this incident, naming the US federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent, his agency, and others as defendants. THCF is providing these patients with 7 replacement plants to rebuild their garden and some free outdoor-produced medicine to act as a temporary replacement, given the theft by the federal government of their state-licensed medicine. We will release more information on this soon. CRRH is working to regulate and tax the sale of cannabis to adults like alcohol, allow doctors to recommend cannabis through pharmacies and restore the unregulated production of industrial hemp. *Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp* mail: CRRH ; P.O. Box 86741 ; Portland, OR 97286 USA email: phone: (503) 235-4606 fax: (503) 235-0120 web:

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