Friday, July 9, 2010

DEA Flouts Mendocino Medical Marijuana Ordinance by Raiding First Grow Permit Applicant

COVELO, Cal, Jul 7th 2010:   The DEA  flouted Mendocino County's newly enacted medical marijuana cultivation ordinance by raiding the first collective that had applied to the sheriff's cultivation permit program.
  A multi-agency federal task force descended  on the property of Joy Greenfield, 68, the first Mendo patient to pay the $1050 application fee under the ordinance, which  allows collectives to grow up to 99 plants provided they comply with  certain regulations. Ms Greenfield  had  applied  in the name of her collective, "Light the Way," which opened in San Diego earlier this year.  Her property had  passed  a preliminary inspection by Mendo sheriff's deputies shortly before the raid, and  she had bought the sheriff's "zip-ties" intended to designate her plants as legal. In the days before the raid, Ms Greenfield  had seen a helicopter hovering over her property;  she inquired with the sheriff, who told her  the copter belonged to DEA and wasn't under his control.
  The agents invaded her property with guns drawn, tore out the collective's 99 plants and took Ms Greenfield's  computer and cash. Ms Greenfield was not at home during the raid, but spoke on the phone to the DEA agent in charge.  When she told  him that she was a legal grower under the sheriff's program, the agent replied  "I don't care what the sheriff says."
  When she returned to her house  she found it in disarray with soda cans strewn on the floor. "It was just a mess," she said, "No one should be able to tear your house apart like that." Ms. Greenfield  called the raid a "slap in the face of Mendocino's government."
   The DEA has been tight-lipped about the raid, but claims it was part of a larger investigation involving other suspects."Here Mendo is trying to step out in front by passing this ordinance, and what do the feds do but raid the first applicant," commented Ms Greenfield's attorney, Bob Boyd of Ukiah. " The DEA is stepping all over local authorities trying to tax and regulate."
    Neither Boyd nor other locals believe that the sheriff tipped off the DEA or gave them  any information about permit applicants. Sheriff Allman has been highly supportive of efforts to bring local growers into the permit program.  Nonetheless, observers fear that
the raid will have a chilling effect.
   "This raid is clear evidence that the DEA is out of control,"
said California NORML director Dale Gieringer.  "A change in federal law is long overdue. In the meantime, the DEA needs a new director who will enforce Attorney General Holder's pledge not to interfere in state medical marijuana laws." The agency is currently directed by Michele Leonhart, a Bush holdover who has presided over numerous medical marijuana raids and has obstructed  research efforts to develop marijuana for medicine. Obama has denominated her to head the agency -  a move strongly opposed by drug reformers, who are calling on the administration to honor its pledge of change.

Dale Gieringer -
California NORML, NEW ADDRESS:  2261 Market St. #278A, San Francisco
CA 94114 -(415) 563- 5858 -


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Anonymous said...

thanks boss

Anonymous said...

This is pretty ugly. I feel for the poor lady. I hear she has glaucoma.

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