Owners of pot club raided by DEA return to business in open
air of Civic Center
By Pat Murphy
January 12, 2006
Defiant owners of a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary
raided in December by federal agents thumbed their nose at federal
law yesterday by openly dispensing marijuana to patients in Civic
California and San Francisco have legalized use of marijuana
if prescribed by a physician.
Asserting that federal law supersedes local and state law, the
federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) continues to suppress marijuana
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who helped author the local legalization
ordinance, gave support to Steve and Cathy Smith, owners of the
HopeNet Collective raided last month by the DEA.
"Quite frankly I think we're a little bit ahead of the state
by instituting a regulatory scheme that's not coming from a punitive
place," observed the District 5 supervisor.
One owner of the club maintained the vast majority of Americans
support use of marijuana for medical purposes.
"I wish to tell the Feds that it's time to go back to a
government for the people, by the people," said Steve Smith,
who owns and operates HopeNet with his wife Cathy Smith.
"When 80% of the people are in favor of medical marijuana
then it's time for the federal government to heed all those wishes
and I would love the opportunity to openly give the patients of
San Francisco the medicine they were denied by the DEA over the
They dispensed a week's prescription of marijuana to current
patients in the 2:30 p.m. Civic Center protest.