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Despite Reforms Federal Medical Marijuana Raids Continue In South Lake Tahoe

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south lake tahoe medical marijuana raidRemember last year when the United States Congress passed a bill that de-funded medical marijuana raids in states where medical marijuana is legal? And remember when the Obama Administration replaced the head of the D.E.A. because he thought she was out of touch? The Los Angeles Times stated the following when Congress de-funded medical marijuana raids late last year:

Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

The Obama administration has largely followed that rule since last year as a matter of policy. But the measure approved as part of the spending bill, which President Obama plans to sign this week, will codify it as a matter of law.

Pot advocates had lobbied Congress to embrace the administration’s policy, which they warned was vulnerable to revision under a less tolerant future administration.

I think anyone with a brain knew that the raids weren’t over. The Obama administration has stated more than once that the feds would back off of medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, yet every time raids follow. This time is different in that it’s been codified in federal spending, yet the raids continue. To prove that, consider the fact that federal agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California today. Per Americans for Safe Access:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are raiding a legal medical cannabis collective in South Lake Tahoe right now. ASA is calling on medical cannabis advocates to go to Tahoe Wellness located at 3445 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

We need peaceful protesters and observers to record the facts, take pictures, and shoot video. Please do not attempt to interfere with law enforcement on the scene.

It is very important to the victims of a federal raid to know that there are people outside looking out for them. We also know that law enforcement behaves better when the public is watching. Email don@safeacessnow.org or call (916) 449-3975 with news about any arrests or misconduct by law enforcement.

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When will the raids truly stop? What has to happen at the federal level? When Obama leaves office, will our next President actually follow through on ending the federal war on legal state medical marijuana? Enough is enough. Poll after poll shows that Americans support medical marijuana and think that the feds should back off. This week there is expected to be quite a bit of activity in Congress in regards to marijuana. Hopefully those politicians will step up and fix this mess, but I won’t hold my breath.

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  • Jay Lindberg

    It is time to rebuild Medical marijuana Mobsters and Drug War Crime Tribunals. F these Drug War Nazi Pigs. Excuse me, the NAZIs were a better class of people. FYI-jay Lindberg 909-666-3657.

  • Robert Dewayne King

    That was my point , These parasites think that there will be no consequences over their actions and it seems they are right !!!

    And they will continue on just the same as always until/unless we start putting them behind bars and do a little ” civil forfeiture ” on them

  • Patricia Silverman

    ok now you tell me just who went to jail over the financial crisis? in case you have not noticed there is justice for the rich which is nothing and justice for we the people of going to jail. When are you all going to start demanding justice?

  • Helen

    Well, the new Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment passed today, but I was wrong about the language being fixed. They did change a few words, but it still fails to expressly protect growers, dispensaries, or patients. That would have been an easy fix, so I assume they made a conscious decision to be vague (at best).

  • Frank Wolf

    Yo, bob; and just where did you get your information from that “These guys were clearly not following…”? Have they had their day in court and been found guilty, or, are you just assuming all this? And, “…make the rest of us look bad.”, are you a dispensary owner?

  • Tom Purcell

    You write: “And remember when the Obama Administration replaced the head of the D.E.A. because he thought she was out of touch?”

    What? Is this satire or sarcasm? From the context of the article this statement is presented as fact.

  • jontomas

    No. Why should marijuana be the only product in the world that is not bought and sold? It may be magical to smoke, but it grows and sells just like all other produce.

  • bob

    Yeah, spin it all you want, these guys were breaking state law and everyone knows it. The Feds never said the raids would stop. They said they would stop targeting those that are following state law. These guys were clearly not following state law. Stop defending those who make the rest of us look bad. Medical Marijuana in California is not for profit, not for these wanna be gangsters with spinning rims.

  • bob

    Yeah, spin it all you want, these guys were breaking state law and everyone knows it. The Feds never said the raids would stop. They said they would stop targeting those that are following state law. These guys were clearly not following state law. Stop defending those who make the rest of us look bad. Medical Marijuana in California is not for profit, not for these wanna be gangsters with spinning rims.

  • Dennis Duncan

    this is the time for Righteous indignation….call your senators and congressmen with no backing off until you get answere’s to……………………………WHY…….they will get tired of hearing it and they will get off their ass’s and do something,now is the time

  • Dennis Duncan

    this is the time for Righteous indignation….call your senators and congressmen with no backing off until you get answere’s to……………………………WHY…….they will get tired of hearing it and they will get off their ass’s and do something,now is the time

  • ted mishler

    Warring against one’s on native country is high treason
    They are truly criminals
    and like the al copone days, mobsters rule the earth
    i will not bow down to the evil people
    toke:-)

    may they all be found guilty by a world court of law of not only that, but crimes against humanity

    they refuse to allow us to work
    i hope they are executed

  • ted mishler

    Warring against one’s on native country is high treason
    They are truly criminals
    and like the al copone days, mobsters rule the earth
    i will not bow down to the evil people
    toke:-)

    may they all be found guilty by a world court of law of not only that, but crimes against humanity

    they refuse to allow us to work
    i hope they are executed

  • HellNo

    I have a close relative in federal penitentiary on a conspiracy to distribute charge. He was busted by the DEA even though he was never actually caught dealing, or even possessing drugs. He was given paperwork last week informing him that his conviction may be overturned due to the illegal actions of some corrupt DEA agents. He had also been told previously, that the informant in his case was caught on jail house recordings admitting that she gave false testimony against him.

  • HellNo

    I have a close relative in federal penitentiary on a conspiracy to distribute charge. He was busted by the DEA even though he was never actually caught dealing, or even possessing drugs. He was given paperwork last week informing him that his conviction may be overturned due to the illegal actions of some corrupt DEA agents. He had also been told previously, that the informant in his case was caught on jail house recordings admitting that she gave false testimony against him.

  • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

    DEA should be arrested and treated as a criminal organization.

  • ĐΣFΣCŦΣĐ

    DEA should be arrested and treated as a criminal organization.

  • Helen

    Hold on. Don’t blame the DEA. Blame Rohrabacher and Farr for drafting a very poorly-worded amendment that on its face seems only to protect states and state employees, not growers, dispensaries, or patients. And whomever it might protect, it certainly does not protect a dispensary that is not 100% in compliance with all state laws and regulations. The media – and even the drug policy reform organizations who have really been heroes – misinterpreted and misreported the scope of this legislation.

    So, lashing out against the DEA is wasted energy – it’s like punching a tree. The problem won’t be fixed until Congress fixes it.

    So the better response to the ongoing raids is, “Hey Rohrabacher, hey Farr, draft a bill that that is reasonably calculated to fix this problem!”

    (Which I think they have now done, so let’s hope it passes.)

  • Helen

    Hold on. Don’t blame the DEA. Blame Rohrabacher and Farr for drafting a very poorly-worded amendment that on its face seems only to protect states and state employees, not growers, dispensaries, or patients. And whomever it might protect, it certainly does not protect a dispensary that is not 100% in compliance with all state laws and regulations. The media – and even the drug policy reform organizations who have really been heroes – misinterpreted and misreported the scope of this legislation.

    So, lashing out against the DEA is wasted energy – it’s like punching a tree. The problem won’t be fixed until Congress fixes it.

    So the better response to the ongoing raids is, “Hey Rohrabacher, hey Farr, draft a bill that that is reasonably calculated to fix this problem!”

    (Which I think they have now done, so let’s hope it passes.)

  • moldy

    So who needs funding… the DEA. This is how they get their “funding” by stealing weed and money and whatever they can carry out. This is a rouge group of thieves that need to be arrested and put out of business.

  • moldy

    So who needs funding… the DEA. This is how they get their “funding” by stealing weed and money and whatever they can carry out. This is a rouge group of thieves that need to be arrested and put out of business.

  • Robert Dewayne King

    Or untill SERIOUSLY threatened with jail time themselves !

  • Robert Dewayne King

    Or untill SERIOUSLY threatened with jail time themselves !

  • jontomas

    >>>”When will the raids truly stop?”

    When the mind police can’t get away with it anymore. – The riches it yields them are astounding – millions of dollars in asset forfeitures, almost as much again in the federal bribe of “drug war” grants, easy overtime, easy arrests, easy convictions and easy promotions.

    They won’t let go of this golden goose until their fingers are pried off with pliers.

  • jontomas

    >>>”When will the raids truly stop?”

    When the mind police can’t get away with it anymore. – The riches it yields them are astounding – millions of dollars in asset forfeitures, almost as much again in the federal bribe of “drug war” grants, easy overtime, easy arrests, easy convictions and easy promotions.

    They won’t let go of this golden goose until their fingers are pried off with pliers.