Feds raid medical pot co-op near Ukiah

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Matthew Cohen, founder of Northstone Organics, a medical marijuana co-op north of Ukiah, was left with just a sprig after federal agents seized his 99 plants just as they were being harvested.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents on Thursday raided a medical marijuana cooperative that holds a Mendocino County sheriff's permit to grow medicinal pot, further demonstrating the gaping discrepancy between state and federal marijuana laws.

The seizure of 99 pot plants came less than a week after U.S. Justice Department prosecutors in California attorneys announced they would be cracking down on medical marijuana, which continues to be illegal under federal law 15 years after the state's voters approved it.

DEA officials declined to comment on the raid on Northstone Organics, located about 10 miles north of Ukiah in Redwood Valley.
The early morning operation shook the medical marijuana community because Northstone has been a model of compliance with local and state laws.

“I am really puzzled. There are plenty of illegal marijuana organizations in Mendocino County,” said Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a business lobbying organization formed last year.

Medicinal marijuana advocates suspect the federal agents chose Northstone because it has been in the limelight. Northstone founder Matthew Cohen, an advocate of regulation, has been included in television documentaries as well as news articles on medicinal marijuana.

At a press conference Oct. 8 in Sacramento, the state's four U.S. Attorneys announced a crackdown on the medical marijuana business. “The California marijuana industry is not about providing medicine to the sick,” said Laura Duffy, the San Diego-based U.S. Attorney. “It's a pervasive, for-profit industry that violates federal law.”

Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, said dispensaries near schools, parks and other areas where children gather would get special attention from her office.

The Northstone co-op is in a rural area far from schools or parks. It is not a conventional dispensary in that it does not operate a store, but it does deliver marijuana to its members.

Cohen was among the first to obtain a permit from Mendocino County for his operation. County regulations allow up to 99 plants to be grown on a land parcel with a permit.

Sheriff Tom Allman said Cohen appears to have followed all of the county's regulations, which cost the cooperative about $8,500 a year.

The cooperative has been lauded by local officials for its efforts to conform to regulations. A county supervisor and sheriff's sergeant have testified on behalf of the cooperative in Sonoma County court. The case against two Northstone members — arrested while driving through Sonoma County to deliver marijuana to its member patients — is pending.

Allman on Thursday declined to comment on the DEA targeting an organization to which he's given a county stamp of approval.
But “clearly, state law and federal law do not agree,” Allman said.

Dale Gieringer of California's National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, called the federal operation a “shameful and despicable” assault on the county's progressive licensing program.

The program is aimed at protecting legitimate medicinal marijuana growers from having their plants seized. It's also added cash to the county law enforcement budget.

Cohen said the raid also may have been triggered by the criminal case in Sonoma County case, an example of the vagaries of pot regulations from county to county.

If there is a connection, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said it's news to her. She said she did not contact federal authorities about the Northstone case.

Cohen said he was shocked when machine-gun-wielding federal agents woke him up just after 6 a.m. to serve a search warrant. He said he was handcuffed while agents ripped out the plants, eliminating the year's crop and medicine for 1,700 patients. He was not arrested.

Gieringer and Smith contended the raid on Northstone did not make sense, politically or for public safety reasons. In their view, it serves the interests of illegal, black market marijuana dealers because it will drive more growers underground and cause a spike in pot prices, which have been on the decline.

“This is a victory for Mexican cartels,” Gieringer said.

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Clearly, this is a 10th Amendment issue that the Supreme Clowns will not address.

Too much monee from big pharm and the cartels to be pocketed.
 

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Clearly, this is a 10th Amendment issue that the Supreme Clowns will not address.

Too much monee from big pharm and the cartels to be pocketed.
Yes... because medical marijuana really is medicine, and it really does pose a huge threat to the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.

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If they want to call it medicine, they should take it like medicine, and not insist upon the most grody and odiferous way of ingesting it.
 

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The FDA is big pharma's attack dog, maaaaan!




It's hilarious when the stoners start buying into their own bullshit.
 

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So much for this, I guess.
New Medical Marijuana Policy: Obama Administration Will Not Seek Arrests For People Following State Laws
He said he was handcuffed while agents ripped out the plants, eliminating the year's crop and medicine for 1,700 patients. He was not arrested.
:action-sm

Shit like this really just reinforces my view that agencies like the DEA and ATF have really just become their own independent agencies and operate without any executive oversight. There was really no reason to go after this guy, from what I understood about the new focus a couple of weeks ago is that the DEA was going to go after dispenseraries violating state and local laws.
 

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Marijuana was legal (as was co-fucking-caine and morphine) prior to 1913. That's when the robber barons (Hearst, DuPont, and their lackey Anslinger) teamed up to make drugs illegal.

As they offered too much competition to their growing petrochemical, and wood pulp paper businesses.

It's all in the history books if you care to research it yourself.
 

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Marijuana was legal (as was co-fucking-caine and morphine) prior to 1913. That's when the robber barons (Hearst, DuPont, and their lackey Anslinger) teamed up to make drugs illegal.

As they offered too much competition to their growing petrochemical, and wood pulp paper businesses.

It's all in the history books if you care to research it yourself.
And what the fuck relevance does that have a century later?

They could could legalize pot tomorrow and hand it out for free on street corners and it wouldn't put a dent in the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.

Pot is just pot... it is not the miraculous, globalist-supressed miracle drug the stoners would have you believe. It's just a plant that makes you high and can be made into ugly, scratchy clothing PERIOD. It is not the magical cure to all of the world's ills.
 

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And you keep smoking that kind bud and believing in unicorns, moonbeam.
i possibly smoke more pot than anyone else on this board(not trying to start a pissing competition, but i smoke A LOT) and nothing infuriates me more than hippies and liberals. especially occupy wall street hippies and liberals.
 

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Why is industrial hemp considered marijuana?

You can't get high from the shit. However, you can make clothing, paper (the Constitution was written on it,) plastic, and 100's of other items with it and it's byproducts.

Hemp was so vital to WWII the Government made a film about it to encourage farmers to plant it (Hemp for Victory.)

Stick that up your tight ass and smoke it, sir.
 

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And what the fuck relevance does that have a century later?

They could could legalize pot tomorrow and hand it out for free on street corners and it wouldn't put a dent in the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.

Pot is just pot... it is not the miraculous, globalist-supressed miracle drug the stoners would have you believe. It's just a plant that makes you high and can be made into ugly, scratchy clothing PERIOD. It is not the magical cure to all of the world's ills.
I think the relevance is that a century later this country has spent over 4 billion dollars fighting a losing war. Its not the magical cure to all of the world's ills. But legalizing weed could solve some of the financial problems in this country and put a huge dent in the crime rates.

When it comes to medical marijuana here is my philosophy on it. If it helps an individual sleep, deal with anxiety, pain, or the side effects of chemotherapy, why shouldn't that person be allowed to use it. Its the hypocrisy of the whole thing that bugs me. Especially when some prescription drugs have been shown more harmful then weed has ever been.
 

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More people DIE every year from Big Pharma's RX drugs then in ten thousand years of marijuana cultivation.
 

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I think the relevance is that a century later this country has spent over 4 billion dollars fighting a losing war. Its not the magical cure to all of the world's ills. But legalizing weed could solve some of the financial problems in this country and put a huge dent in the crime rates.

When it comes to medical marijuana here is my philosophy on it. If it helps an individual sleep, deal with anxiety, pain, or the side effects of chemotherapy, why shouldn't that person be allowed to use it. Its the hypocrisy of the whole thing that bugs me. Especially when some prescription drugs have been shown more harmful then weed has ever been.
I agree that pot is harmless and it should absolutely be legalized tomorrow if not sooner.

It remains illegal because it is not the high of choice for a bunch of tight ass Moral Orals... who prefer the get blitzed on 300 dollar bottles of single malt scotch. It DOES NOT remain illegal because "big pharma" is afraid that legal pot would render their meds obsolete and crush their profits... that's just silly pot talk conspiracy theory blather. The insane rantings of one-trick pony stoners like Joe Rogan... the proverbial man with a hammer to whom all the world's problems look like a nail. Or more accurately in Joe's case... the proverbial man with a bong to whom all of the world's problems look like a bag of the sweet sticky.
 

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Why is industrial hemp considered marijuana?

You can't get high from the shit. However, you can make clothing, paper (the Constitution was written on it,) plastic, and 100's of other items with it and it's byproducts.

Hemp was so vital to WWII the Government made a film about it to encourage farmers to plant it (Hemp for Victory.)

Stick that up your tight ass and smoke it, sir.
Ugh... more silly pothead bullshit. Stop with the hemp crap. Nobody cares about hemp clothing and paper... not even the stoners. If you handed a pothead a hemp plant that would make a shirt but wouldn't get them high, they wouldn't give two shits about it.

Just be fucking honest, potheads... you like pot, and you like to get baked. Stop with all of your big pharma, robber baron, and hemp clothing bullshit... it's just silly, and you're not fooling anybody.

Stop trying to politicize, conspiricize, and medicalize the simple issue of you wanting to smoke pot and get baked.
 
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Ugh... more silly pothead bullshit. Stop with the hemp crap. Nobody cares about hemp clothing and paper... not even the stoners. If you handed a pothead a hemp plant that would make a shirt but wouldn't get them high, they wouldn't give two shits about it.

Just be fucking honest, potheads... you like pot, and you like to get baked. Stop with all of your big pharma, robber baron, and hemp clothing bullshit... it's just silly, and you're not fooling anybody.

Stop trying to politicize, conspiricize, and medicalize the simple issue of you wanting to smoke pot and get baked.
Regardless of your opinions, it doesn't change the historical accuracy of what he said.
 

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I'm beginning to wonder if THP has ever actually smoked weed.

"There are two kinds of people who are against drugs: The people who have never done drugs and the people who really sucked at doing drugs." -Doug Stanhope
 

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And the latest Gallup poll states 50% of American's think the weed should be legal.