NATIONWIDE PROTESTS DECRY DEA MEDICAL CANNABIS RAIDS

December 13, 2005

NATIONWIDE -- Over two hundred medical marijuana patients and advocates protested DEA raids on 13 medical marijuana dispensaries outside the Federal Building in San Diego today, and further protests are planned in thirteen other cities nationwide at 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 14.

 While the DEA was hearing testimony Monday that the federal government should not continue its monopoly on medical marijuana cultivation, federal raids on confidential medical records closed down most dispensaries in San Diego.

 “The federal government, while claiming that they are not targeting patients, have cut off safe access to medical marijuana for thousands of sick and dying in the region,” said Steph Sherer, director of the medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access, “How can this administration be so out of step with both science and public opinion?”

 LOCAL PROTEST CONTACTS & ADDRESSES: 

  • Dallas, TX: contact Meghan arg_me_mateys@yahoo.com, 1100 Commerce Street
  • Denver, CO: contact Brian brianvicente@sensiblecolorado.org, Byron White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout Street (between 18th and 19th)
  • Grand Junction, CO: contact Rex towerpaint@abctower.com, 402 Rood Avenue
  • Houston, TX: contact Clay stevennolin@yahoo.com, Mickey Leeland Federal Building 1919 Smith Street
  • Kansas City, MO: contact Jacqueline medicalmaryjane@hotmail.com, 601 East 12th Street
  • Los Angeles, CA: contact Amanda amanda@safeaccessnow.org, 255 East Temple Street, Downtown LA
  • Riverside, CA: contact Lanny lannyswerdlow@earthlink.net,
  • Sacramento, CA: contact Aundre aundre@safeaccessnow.org, 501 I Street
  • Salt Lake City, UT: contact Chris aptutah@yahoo.com
  • San Francisco, CA: contact Sarah sarahsmile@37.com, 450 Golden Gate
  • Tuscon, AZ: contact Mary mmackenzie2@juno.com, Southwest corner of Congress and Granada
  • Washington, DC: contact Eric esterling@cjpf.org, U.S. Department of Justice at 10th and Pennsylvania
  • Wichita, KS: contact C.A. criley2@cox.net, 1919 Amidon  

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A national coalition of 12,000 patients, doctors and advocates, Americans for Safe Access is the largest organization working solely on medical marijuana.  To learn more, see www.SafeAccessNow.org



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