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The Beginning of The End for Medical Marijuana? Raids Back Up Prosecutors’ Threats

Published on October 18, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

Drug War Chronicle

Feds support prosecutors’ threats to attack the medical marijuana industry with over-the-top raids on licensed (and even not-for-profit) dispensaries in Colorado and California.

Putting some law enforcement muscle behind last week’s words of warning from federal prosecutors that a new crackdown on medical marijuana distribution was getting underway, DEA agents this week raided a model regulated medical marijuana grow in Northern California, a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California, and a medical marijuana grow in Colorado.

“The California marijuana industry is not about providing medicine to the sick,” claimed Laura Duffy, the San Diego-based US Attorney at the October 8 Sacramento press conference. “It’s a pervasive, for-profit industry that violates federal law.”

But the operation raided Thursday, Northstone Organics in Mendocino County, has been touted as a model medical marijuana grow. It holds a Mendocino County sheriff’s permit to grow the 99 pot plants seized and destroyed by the feds, pays an estimated $8,500 annually in fees to remain compliant, and has even had sheriff’s deputies testify favorably about it in a state court case where Northstone drivers delivering medicine to patients were arrested in Sonoma County.

Northstone Organics founder and owner Matt Cohen told the Ukiah Daily News Friday that heavily-armed agents raided his home and property early Thursday morning, destroying plants and hauling off evidence, but not charging him with a crime.

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