raid… 11 April 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.
C-punch has a story up on the raid a couple of weeks ago on Emmalyn’s, a very small, tiny really, medical marijuana dispensary on a little alley street south of Market, here in San Francisco. Newly opened, working on a provisional permit, but fully legal.
No shock, the DEA agents did not even bother to show, when asked, a warrant to enter, nor would they even show a badge.
It has been business as usual for the Drug Enforcement Administration since Barack Obama took office. Attorney General Eric Holder has decreed a “policy change,” and some PC (as in Pro-Cannabis) lobbyists and lawyers have hailed that “policy change” as a major victory. But try explaining it to workers at any of the six dispensaries that have been raided by the Obama-era DEA.
Well, those that hailed it created the headlines that Ob and the Oblings govern by. The “liberals” gotta stop doing that for Big Daddy. Stop licking his feet, for crying out loud!
It won’t be working out well. Isn’t working out well, already…
“They never asked me no questions. They just went through the whole place and took the medicine we had and the little bit of money.” Some heavy machinery was deployed to rip out a safe that had been bolted to the floor. The agents hauled it off, past a passionate group of protesters on the sidwalk chanting, “This medicine is marijuana. Listen to Obama.” Did they know that Obama has said no such thing?
“To me it was robbery,” John said of the raid. “That’s how it feels. I was scared at first but then I just started listening to their conversations. They were in such a good mood, like they’d just won a championship or something. Then when they didn’t find very much they started saying, ‘There should be more. There should be more.’ We tried to tell them that upstairs was just a tenant who had nothing to do with us but they went up there and broke in and actually took their stereo equipment out of their apartment.
“A lot of their conversation was really sarcastic. Like poking shots at us and the whole movement. ‘You guys are pretending that dope is medicine…’ It was really disturbing but I just stayed quiet. They saw a headline on the West Coast Leaf (a tabloid that covers the medical marijuana movement/industry) about Obama ending the raids and that gave them a big laugh: ‘We didn’t get that memo.’
The author of the article makes this notation.. but I am less convinced:
Don’t be surprised if Obama’s approval rating begins slipping in California and beyond. Millions of people felt offended when he made light of the marijuana question during his on-line press conference.
I do agree that a wide swathe of people in Cali have noticed these doings… from his dismissive comments to the raids.
When I was poking around tonight hunting for pics of MJ plants or bud… I learned that in February, around about the 20th, there were days of raids up in Mendocino Co, conducted by the local sheriff’s dept, in several towns, Ukiah, Willits, Covelo and so on… they raided permitted (dr’s letter authorising personal use, filed with the co) medicinal MJ growers, on their own property, with small numbers of plants. As in, two dozen (the limit is 25, two pounds of processed bud, or so I read). Raided homes, removed plants from the property, people were hand cuffed during the raids, then charged with felonies…
And again, sheriff’s deputies were heard to make commentary, “is this all you have”… same as at Emmalyn’s. Obviously the scuttlebutt in DEA/enforcement circles is that medicinal growers are growing hundreds of plants and are commercial dealers masquerading as med mj growers.. Not exactly a new suspicion, but also indicating … what? Nothing new… My take, one thing is said, another is the policy.
Several of the sites discussing the Mendocino raids said medical mj growing is, in their estimation, a lot less friendly than it had been.
Lately I have been catching comments at gay sites that the WH is ”out of step”, “in a bubble”, “unclear” that the country is moving ahead, at least in some places, about SS marriage.
I call that naive. Get a clue. Ob and Oblings are not pro SSM. I personally doubt they are for Civil Unions. Not with bullshit like “God is in the mix” when speaking of SEX. Straight from Big Daddy’s mouth. Geesh.
And they are not, not really, for stepping back from a clamp down on medical MJ. Just a wild guess on my part…
Executive summary: Obama fakes left, goes right. Passes to Holder at the head of the key. Holder holds the ball, looking for a cutter. Looks in to Brown posting up, then swings it over to Russoniello [US AG for the Northern District, he's sat on our necks for almost two decades] on the wing. The Warriors veteran finds Obama behind a screen from Holder. Obama launches from beyond the arc… Off back iron. Rebound, Sibelius.