DEA Raid in San Francisco Cannabis Club

By chillinwill · Mar 26, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    In yet another attempt too harsh SF's buzz, word is the Drug Enforcement Agency is here (as of 4 p.m.) doing a bust. According to an anonymous email, "I just went by [unintelligible] dispensary on Howard and 12th [street] and they are being raided right now by the DEA. My phones down. Get the word out por favor."

    There is a cannabis club on Howard, so that's probably the place. More info as it comes in to us.

    Update 4:55 p.m.: The raid is happening at Emmalyn's California Cannabis Clinic at 1597 Howard Street. Also, there seems to be some sort of joint protest going on at said club against the DEA. So, you know, leave your baggies at home, crack- and pot-heads.

    The Marijuana Policy Project send out the following press release today regarding the raid in progress.

    (Check out the press lease after the jump.)

    Medical marijuana access under attack: The DEA is raiding San Francisco

    Despite the recent policy change announced by U.S. Attorney GeneralEric Holder, DEA agents are raiding a San Francisco medical marijuana provider right now!

    Armed federal agents are raiding medical marijuana dispensing collectives in your area as I write this. If you are able to, please head down to the site of the raid to denounce it. Others are already on site protesting this injustice!

    Raid in progress at:
    Emmalyn's California Cannabis Clinic
    1597 Howard St.
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    As details become available, MPP will send out a more detailed alert. If you are able to join the protest against the raid now, please do so immediately. (This e-mail was sent at approximately 4:30 p.m. PST on March 25, 2009.) Also, please read our follow-up alert to learn the details of this latest federal assault on California's medical marijuana law and how you can help stop future raids.

    By Brock Keeling
    on March 25, 2009 4:44 PM

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  1. chillinwill
    Re: DEA Raid in San Francisco

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Emmalyn's California Cannabis Clinic at 1597 Howard St. in San Francisco's South of Market district mid-afternoon.
    They hauled out large plastic bins overflowing with marijuana plants and loaded several pickup trucks parked out front with grow lights and related equipment used to farm the plants indoors.

    The dispensary had been operating with a temporary permit issued by the Department of Public Health.

    "Based on our investigation, we believe there are not only violations of federal law, but state law as well," DEA Special Agent in Charge Anthony Williams said in a prepared statement.

    Williams, who runs the San Francisco field office that covers a territory stretching from Bakersfield to Redding, would not specify the alleged violations. The information was under court seal.

    "As of now, we are prohibited from releasing further details of the case. Items of evidentiary value were seized and no arrests have been made," Williams said.

    A source in San Francisco city government who was informed about the raid said the DEA's action appeared to be prompted by alleged financial improprieties related to the payment of sales taxes. DEA Special Agent Casey McEnry, spokeswoman for the local office, would not comment on that information.

    Representatives from Emmalyn's could not be reached for comment. It was not clear whether they were on the premises when authorities arrived.

    Word of the raid spread quickly in the medical marijuana advocacy community via text-message. About a dozen people, many with cameras in hand, gathered in front of Emmalyn's as federal agents guarded the front entrance. The scent of marijuana wafted through the crowd and several bystanders shouted epithets at the agents as they walked by.

    Emmalyn's provides marijuana for free to poor people on Wednesdays.

    "It's awful that raids like this are still happening. Public opinion favors medicinal marijuana," said Troy Dayton, senior development officer for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that advocates for the decriminalization of marijuana, particularly for medicinal purposes.

    Thirteen years ago, California became the first of more than a dozen states to legalize medical marijuana, although federal law still prohibits its use.

    In a marked shift from Bush administration policy, Holder said last month that dispensaries only would be prosecuted if both state and federal drug laws were thought to be violated.

    Rachel Gordon
    Thursday, March 26, 2009
    San Francisco Chronicle
  2. Sven99
    The DEA enforcing sales tax discrepancies? Bullshit. Agenda driven enforcement at its worst. They're fighting a losing battle.
  3. Stu Bai
    Thank god for the DEA. Our homes are much safer now! Long live sickness! Down with nature!
  4. cannabis-sam
    If they're raiding the dispensary for violations of code than it's not as bad as raiding the dispensary because of the violation of fedarel law issue.

    I mean they're both bad, but they won't have been breaking the repeal on the raids on dispensaries if it's an issue of doing something that breaks the state law.
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