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Law Enforcement Raids Marijuana Dispensaries

— Law enforcement officers raided an undisclosed number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the San Diego region today.

Personnel from federal, state and local agencies served warrants at cannabis-dispensing storefronts in various locales in the county, according to Monica Munoz, a spokeswoman for the San Diego Police Department.

Authorities refused to release details -- including the reason for the raids and the number of related arrests, if any -- about the multi-agency operation, which apparently began around midday and targeted dispensaries in several San Diego beach communities, among other areas.

Amy Roderick, an information officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, referred questions to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the latter agency, declined to comment, saying his office would release details during a news conference Thursday.

The operation was ongoing in the mid-afternoon, Munoz said.

On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council agreed to form a task force that will seek to clarify local regulations governing the use of medical marijuana.

Among the panel's duties will be reviewing guidelines for the operation of cannabis dispensaries and evaluating issues involving police enforcement of the shops.

There are eight permitted medical-marijuana storefronts in San Diego and dozens of others operation illegally, according to city officials.

In 1996, the passage of Proposition 215 legalized physician-supervised use of marijuana to treat certain types of illnesses, including chronic diseases.

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Avatar for user 'Donna_Lambert'

Donna_Lambert | September 18, 2009 at 12:45 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I would like to address some propaganda and misstatements that are regularly put out in order to legitimize the illegal harassment of medical marijuana patients and the medical marijuana community at large.
1) Most of the people who speak out against medical marijuana are receiving grants from either the County of San Diego or from pharmaceutical funded "anti-drug" groups whose sole purpose is to prevent access to medical marijuana as prescribed by law.

2)Marijuana has many well known medical effects, of which there are dozens of studies on the internet, most often done in Europe where the pharmaceutical companies do not control the government, as they clearly do in America.

3)It is easy for a local government official to make a statement that is a total lie, such as "they were making a profit" or "they were selling outside their collective". The general public then accepts it. From my personal experience, I can tell you these are boldface lies, and people should question everything they read or hear. The reality is that the government obtains valid medical recommendations and then joins the collectives. Also, all "non-profits" are allowed to make money to pay for overhead, expenses, salaries and the like. If someone was not open long enough to pay their taxes to the state (which does issue medical marijuana sellers tax permits), how can the county come in and slander people this way?

4)A majority of voters passed prop 215, 13 years ago, legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. In 1994, the legislature, with sb420 provided exemption for sales and all sales related charges. The senate bill archives state that the intention of sb420 is to facilitate the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana for medical use. This law states that we are allowed to "collectively associate" for this purpose.

5)The previous administration wanted to use San Diego as a staging ground to try and overturn state law. Political promises were made.

6)San Diego has wasted millions of your taxpayer money in an effort to turn over medical marijuana laws, simply because this is a plant with real value, and would cut into pharmaceutical company profits

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Avatar for user 'Donna_Lambert'

Donna_Lambert | September 18, 2009 at 12:45 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

7)I am almost 50 years old. I have no criminal record. I was tricked into helping another legally valid medical marijuana patient who happened to be an undercover cop, who at the direction of the district attorneys office in San Diego, went and lied to a doctor about his symptoms to obtain a valid recommendation, then spent months, and (from my estimate) over 2 million dollars of YOUR HARD EARNED TAX MONEY, entrapped as many people as they could in the medical marijuana community. This was last February, prior to these store raids, and I am still stumbling through their court system. They then committed a swat style raid (75k for just my house)stormed my home, pointed assault rifles at me, destroyed my home, took me to jail, are dragging me through the court system (even though the courts are supposedly broke and have to close one day a week. (I have no criminal record and I am facing day to day life threatening illness. At this time, part of my liver is "nodulated", the other part enlarged. I need to call the doctor to schedule what will almost for sure be my 3rd skin cancer surgery.) If they want to send me off to prison, to prove a point, will the taxpayers pick up the tab for my liver transplant? I have spent my life following the law. And now I am caught in the middle of a POLITICAL firestorm, the depths to which I could not even comprehend before my arrest. My trial is set for December 7, 2009 (At taxpayer expense)If they put me in jail, will they guarantee me the proper medical care? My immune system is virtually non-existent from the chemotherapy and the sjoegrens disease. And by the way, I do not believe I did anything wrong. I helped another patient.
Profit?? Interesting. The judge at my preliminary hearing stated that I was clearly not in it for profit. So please call the DA and ask why is Donna Lambert being put on trial for 7 felonies if the judge ruled she was not in it for profit and they want to claim profit is the issue with these stores, the cannot have it both ways. If you would like to begin to read about my story google "Donna Lambert San Diego", look up "Drug sting no military ties". You will begin to see the pattern of lies. If you would like to see the chaos of miscommunication of politicians in this city, look at the you tube channel sandiego420watch.
Just want to get high? - hmm - Guess the Hep C, Cirrhosis,Cancer,chemotherapy, sjoegrens disease and the injuries from the car accident I was in did not stop the DA from trying to get the judge to throw out my medical marijuana status so that they could try me as a common drug dealer. (This is standard in all medical marijuana cases.) Fortunately, they did not succeed.
It is not the fault of a collective operator if government agents lie to doctors (medical fraud) and presented themselves as legitimate patients in need of finding a collective to join.

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