Protests Wednesday Noon in SF, Sacto over DEA Raids
The DEA's cruelty is shocking, said Aundre Speciale, a staff member of Americans for Safe Access, the leading national advocacy group for medical marijuana, who was on the scene in Roseville along with many of the dispensary's patients. A woman in a wheelchair told the DEA agents she was dying of cancer and begged them to stop. She was crying, and the agents just laughed at her.
Capitol Compassionate Care had recently gone through a permitting process with the City of Roseville that resulted in a license for the center to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients. California voters approved the medical use of marijuana in 1996, and the state legislature expanded on that with a bill passed in 2003. Currently 10 states have laws permitting medical use, and a federal appellate court ruling last December established that most state-legal medical marijuana patients and caregivers are exempt from the federal prohibition.
No arrests have been made, but the minimum Mr. Marino can expect, just for the 200 plants he was growing at his home, is a mandatory five-year sentence in federal prison. If charged with cultivating or conspiring to cultivate 1,000 or more, the minimum sentence is 10 years, with the possibility of life.
WHAT: Protest against DEA raid of a city-licensed cannabis dispensary in Rosevville.
WHO: Medical marijuana patients, caregivers and advocates.
WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, September 8, 2004.
WHERE: Federal buildings in Sacramento (5th and I), and San Francisco (Golden Gate and Larkin).
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