San Diego Medical Marijuana Advocates Participate in National Day of Action

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Monday, May 2, 2011 our community lost two more of our brothers and sisters to the failed war on drugs. Dale Schafer and Dr. Mollie Fry turned themselves over to federal agents to serve five-year mandatory minimum sentences for legally participating in state sanctioned medical cannabis programs.

Enough is enough! Today San Diego patients, advocates, and concerned citizens joined activist across the country in taking a stand against federal interference and participated in a National Day of Action. The San Diego Chapter on Monday morning delivered ASA's Cease and Desist letter to the US Attorney's office, ordering them to 'Cease and Desist' from interfering with State laws, and to create policies that protect medical cannabis patients from further harm.

After delivering the letter to the US Attorney's office in San Diego, the group delivered another Cease and Desist letter to District Attorney and mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis who continues to support and participate in federal raids and has been waging her own war on medical cannabis patients.

Just last week, our community saw raids in Washington State, San Diego and Riverside counties. We are suffering from chronic or debilitating conditions, and we are weary of false promises that do nothing to protect our rights as patients. Our community is sick and tired!

With over 50,000 San Diegans now utilizing state sanctioned medical cannabis programs, this continued harassment and prosecution of legitimate patients presents a state of emergency in this City. Threats from the DEA and Dumanis' office as well as their raids on legitimate medical cannabis patients are a direct attack on democracy in this state which has implemented sound, safe and responsible laws.

Cross-Jurisdictional raids, prosecutions, intimidation, and harassment of the medical cannabis community are unreasonable and contrary to the will of the residents of this City who overwhelmingly favor safe, legal access to medical cannabis.

For almost a decade our local chapter and thousands of patients have urged Dumanis' office as well as the Department of Justice to recognize the scientific evidence and patient experience and to stop the continued attacks here in San Diego.

Today, the community put on notice both the US Attorney's office as well as Dumanis; that any person who interferes with medical cannabis patients and/or their providers will be subject to coordinated grassroots response by the public at large in local and national forums.

In response to the recent raids and to help the community prepare for future law enforcement encounters, Americans for Safe Access will be holding a Raid Preparedness Training hosted by California Director Don Duncan and San Diego Area Liaison Eugene Davidovich in San Diego on Tuesday May 3, 2011 at Canvass for a Cause - 3705 10th Ave. San Diego CA 92103.

NewsHawk: Jim Behr: 420 MAGAZINE
Copyright: 2011 San Diego ASA
Contact: San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access - San Diego Medical Marijuana / Cannabis
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