FEDS SEIZE SOMA MEDICINAL POT
Assemblyman Mark Leno voices outrage
December 20, 2005, 3:30 p.m.
Federal agents confiscated more than 120 marijuana plants and
roughly $20,000 in assets from the home of SoMa medicinal marijuana
club owners today in an early morning raid.
No San Francisco police officers took part in the operation,
and no arrests were made by early afternoon.
Assemblyman Mark Leno quickly released a statement of outrage
against the action.
Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration entered the
Clara Street home of Steve and Catherine Smith at approximately
6:30 a.m. The Smiths own the nearby Hopenet Co-Op which provides
medicinal marijuana on a commercial and charity basis.
"I am outraged by the Federal Government's continued crusade
against medical cannabis dispensaries that provide thousands of
patients with safe access to the medicine they need," reported
"The voters of California spoke resoundingly in favor of
the medical use of cannabis when they adopted Proposition 215
in 1996. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is severely
misguided in expending its precious resources to harass patients
and providers rather than working on other public safety issues
that actually pose a threat to the public.
"For them to seize the resources of sick and dying patients
is an unconscionable abuse of power. Recent DEA raids both here
in San Francisco and in San Diego will have a detrimental impact
on the health of patients with life threatening illness.
"Polls indicate that at least 75% of Americans support safe
and affordable access to medical marijuana. Congress should take
action to reign in the repeated harassment of patients and providers
of medical cannabis so that no patient's health is ever put in