DEA Serves Warrant At West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Facility

March 05, 2007

, KNBC -TV Los Angeles

The Drug Enforcement Administration served a search warrant Tuesday at a marijuana facility in West Hollywood that was one of several facilities previously raided by the federal agency.

Sarah Pullen of the Drug Enforcement Administration said the warrant was served at West Hollywood Caregivers at 7901 Santa Monica Blvd. about noon. She declined to say if anyone was arrested or if anything was seized.

Sgt. Jay Paredes of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station said that deputies were providing traffic and crowd control. He said a crowd gathered as the DEA agents gathered at the building.

 West Hollywood Caregivers was raided on Jan. 17, along with four other medical marijuana facilities of the seven in West Hollywood.

The January raid came a day after the West Hollywood City Council toughened city laws governing the agencies. West Hollywood has been a staunch supporter of medical marijuana dispensaries in its city under state laws that allow them.

The DEA operates under federal law which treats marijuana as an illegal substance. At the time, Councilman Jeffrey Prang, who also works for the sheriff's department, criticized the DEA action.

"West Hollywood has been a leader and advocate of the compassionate use of marijuana for people with HIV and other serious illnesses who find it brings them relief," Prang said.

He said marijuana is known for lessening the nausea connected with chemotherapy treatments used to treat cancer and also helps people with HIV or AIDS who get "wasting syndrome."

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