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Medical Marijuana Advocates Lash Out At Federal Government

Aired 5/2/13 on KPBS News.

The president of a downtown San Diego medical marijuana collective is blasting last week's raid by federal officials.

— The One on One Patient Association offices were raided a day after the group's president spoke out for clear medical marijuana guidelines at a city of San Diego hearing.

Attorney Anthony Curiale, One on One President Kenneth Cole, Attorney John Murphy, Lance Rogers talk about raid at One on One.

The association may not re-open and officials are still waiting to see what charges will be filed in the wake of last week's raid.

Federal officials broke in, disabled security cameras and confiscated records and marijuana from the Gaslamp office. Kenneth Cole, the association's president, said he is exasperated that the federal government working to shut down a state-approved enterprise.

"I want the federal people to tell the general public," said Cole said. "Starting with our lawyers, that they have been lying to us for four years, or five years, or six years if necessary, by telling us that 'if you do follow all of the guidelines, you do follow all of the rules, we're not coming after you. You're not the bad guys. We're going after drug dealers.'"

Cole said his association helps sick people.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy has repeatedly promised to shut down dispensaries that violate the federal law, making it illegal to sell marijuana.

Its not clear if One on One will reopen. Cole is also discussing his legal options with his attorneys.

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Avatar for user 'SnakeLee'

SnakeLee | May 1, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

So Laura Duffy is an unelected Democrat and so far she has:

1.) actively conspired with the Republican candidate for Mayor and deceived the Democrat in the race

2.) Used her office to lash out at a cancer patient simply for agreeing with the now elected Mayor

How do you get Attorney Generals removed from office exactly? I don't really have a horse in the dispensary race, but she needs to go. This is abuse of power.

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DIZZY | May 1, 2013 at 11:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Marijuana is an Aphrodisiac and supercharges the male lebido. It is the core reason for rape and child molestation. Especially now that the state is releasing drug crime prisoners.KEEP THE DRUG ILLEGAL AND STIFFEN THE PENALTIES PERIOD.

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SirVivor | May 2, 2013 at 5:45 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

DIZZY, Yep ... all those dangerous cancer patients taking marijuana must be the ones raping and molesting.

If our local elected officials like Dumanis and law enforcement agencies would stop subverting the will of the people (by a vast majority) by encouraging and aiding the feds to do this, we would all be much better off. Remember what these people have done to us at election time.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 7:05 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I am just curious DIZZY. DO YOU HAVE ANY ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE REGARDING MEDICAL OR EVEN MARIJUANA PERIOD???? Or are you just one of the many conservatives that have fallen victim to propaganda? First Google the definition of propiganda. Then Google cannabinoid. Actually read about tm both and then come back with a logical no biased comment. Did you know your body runs on cannabinoids in the same way it uses serotonin, epinephrine,dopamine, hormonesetc...that functionality is practically identical to supplementing with phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. Your body needs them and cannabinoids should be defined as an essential nutrient not a controlled substance. Be smart about politics do the research before you open your mouth. People like you are what causes us to loose our civil rights and ruin lives not cannabis.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

My theory is that like those other above mention substances and other nutrients we have or our body needs. Not having a proper balance of these nutrients are what causes mental disorders, cancers, malnutrition and other diseases that could otherwise be prevented through proper supplements, proper diet, and exercise. Throwing non violent offenders in jail over something that should be a right as a free American causes more damage to society than cannabis ever would if legal.. I hope we do more research to prove this theory and discredit the propaganda plaguing our society and soon hopefully take cannabis off of e controlled substance act entirely. I think if that were to happen and you could see the difference your non educated opinion would change.

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DIZZY | May 2, 2013 at 8:39 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

In response , I grew up in the 60,s and 70,s and was a part of the anti social revolution with all the hippies and drug abusers. I saw what drugs did to people and it wasn't good. Medical purposes?, ok but through the hospital system.

But the real agenda here is the socialist scheme to Demoralize the American people and dumb them down and Marijuana surely accomplishes that. When a people become Demoralized the Government can quietly do just about anything it wants to do to the people. Keep them stoned ,naïve,and dumbed down and a takeover by communists can enter power easily without the folks knowing what happened to them.
Wake Up !

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

You are the one who needs to wake up.I understand what you are saying about the need to have some control over drugs some are very harmful and detrimental to society like crack, meth, heroin, etc. Especially with the new trend with prescription drug abuse, synthetic cannabinoids, alcohol, tobacco. We also need to ensure that our children can't get their hands on drugs. And I agree even cannabis has some drawbacks depending on the method of use. I personally believe based on scientific evidence that smoking ANYTHING is potentially harmful. Smoking can lead to cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and more. But so can a poor diet, malnutrition, inactivity, obesity. The good thing about cannabis is that you don't have to smoke it. Their are many safe methods of use. But to simply say that we need to basically throw away American citizens who are otherwise law abiding tax paying people with families and responsibilities is simply wrong and goes against the basis on what our country was founded for. Personal freedom, freedom from persecution, freedom from distress. You my friend do not think like our for fathers did.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 9:46 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

And in regards to your dumbing up the public. Who is really being dumbed up? Like I said before if you did your research you would be able to find and understand the scientific findings regarding cannabis(cannabinoids) ans the brain. Contrary to popular propaganda fueled belief. Cannabis is the safest most therapeutic substance known to man. It has anti cancer properties, is neuro protective (protects braincells), causes neurogenesis(creates more brainless), and is neurotrophic (improves brain activity). Among its many other possible therapeutic uses. Don't believe me look it up. Infact here is a link http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannab...
I say this to all don't be so quick to judge make your opinion matter know what you are talking about so we can avoid making mistakes. Don't believe what you hear believe what you see and can prove.

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SirVivor | May 2, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

DIZZY ... you obviously are out of touch with the vast majority's opinion and need to read more recent factual literature as was already suggested to you before commenting again.

Please get out of the outdated and paranoid, fanatical, anti-communist mode - that ruins your credibility. The cold war is over. Now-a-days, the last thing the federal government wants is an enlightened population unwilling to believe their propaganda and go to war at the drop of a hat to support Halliburton. Many marijuana users actually perform their daily tasks much more efficiently and pain free enabling them to think much more clearly and objectively about things. If the last five presidents used it safely, I think we can pretty much assume they did not rape or molest anyone or convert to communism as you have indicated.

I grew up in the same era as you, but thankfully have moved on from those times. I never knew anyone negatively affected by marijuana use ALONE. Marijuana has been blamed for many social ills with no direct evidence - only propaganda. Alcohol and prescription drugs have caused far more damage to our society, are far more dangerous and addictive. NO ONE as ever died from just using marijuana - EVER!. Just like prescription medication, marijuana is clearly not for everyone, but is the safest medication I know of - by far. As far as the "hospital system" goes ... it doesn't seem very practical to go to the hospital to just to obtain a medicine does it? You don't seem to be thinking this over very clearly before commenting and I suggest you take medicalcivilian's advice and read up on the subject.

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DIZZY | May 2, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

YOU FOLKS ARE OBVIOUSLY DRUNK ON THE PROGRESSIVE COMMIE AGENDA.SOON YOU WILL HAVE NO FREEDOM AT ALL SO ENJOY YOUR DOPE.

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DIZZY | May 2, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey Folks, if you do not believe me, Please search UTUBE for YURI BEZMENOV and watch the discussion on HOW TO DEMORALIZE A NATION , by a retired KGB agent who has been implementing this strategy since the 1960,s.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 12:20 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Whatever dude..... Again with the propaganda???????
I am amercan and believe in my rights, and my right to protect them from people who are to gullible to see the truth. Commie.. lol no one wants to stand in line for food.
The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is what I am about.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, john Adams, Benjamin franklin, George Washington, Abram Lincoln all used and grew cannabis? Not to mention Albert Einstein. It has been used for as long as we have had history. It has only been illegal recently. Do some research. Really you need to.

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Anon11 | May 2, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

You can tell Dizzy is a troll.

Why else would someone who calls people commies advocate government oversight regarding personal drug use?

If someone can't understand how to properly research an issue, then they're probably not going to have the cognitive capacity to learn and evolve their position. It is like arguing quantum theory with a devout Christian.

Cannabis is non-lethal. Most prescription drugs can't make the same claim. Legal drugs certainly can't.

That's reality. Zero deaths. It's not illegal because it's dangerous. It's dangerous beause it's illegal.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 2, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

The federal government has no constitutional mandate to enact or enforce drug laws.

In fact, (if this is a democracy) Kenneth Cole should have called 911 and SDPD should have responded and arrested the federal agents and charged them with:

1. Breaking and Entering (459 CPC)
2. Grand Theft (487 CPC)
3. Criminal Conspiracy (182 CPC)
4. Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law (18 USC)

But they won't and federal tyranny will continue unabated.

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Missionaccomplished | May 2, 2013 at 1:41 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Diz man:

1) CAPS off

2) Few things demoralize like unemployment.

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Missionaccomplished | May 2, 2013 at 1:49 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey, Diz, was William F Buckley jr.part of this "socialist" dumbing down?

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DeLaRick | May 2, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

YOU FOLKS ARE OBVIOUSLY DRUNK ON THE PROGRESSIVE COMMIE AGENDA.SOON YOU WILL HAVE NO FREEDOM AT ALL SO ENJOY YOUR DOPE.

Hey Folks, if you do not believe me, Please search UTUBE for YURI BEZMENOV and watch the discussion on HOW TO DEMORALIZE A NATION , by a retired KGB agent who has been implementing this strategy since the 1960,s.

Dizzy,

There was this crazy little thing called the Cold War, which we won. ("We" being the United States, not liberals.) Scaring folks with Communism and Socialism doesn't pack the same punch. As for the KGB agent, he obviously needed help in the demoralization department.

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medicalcivilian | May 2, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Ok grandpa dizzy........ I think he has Alzheimer's. He keeps repeating himself.
Did you know cannabis could help you with that issue.

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dougwilliams | May 3, 2013 at 12:08 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I guess if you cannot spell libido you don't have any right to mention it "stiffening " anything. rape and child molestation are not exacerbated by marijuana Dizzy you are correctly named

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