Medical Marijuana Advocates Lash Out At Federal Government
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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.
SAN DIEGO 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.
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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