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Yesterday, the Miami Herald published an article discussing a recent poll that shows a majority of Florida voters support medical marijuana. The article specifically mentioned the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act and talked about how it could affect the gubernatorial race in 2014.
Apparently, certain folks in law enforcement didn’t like what they saw.
In a bizarre twist that some see as more than just a coincidence, Cathy Jordan, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease and for whom the bill is named, had her home raided by Manatee County sheriffs just hours after the article was published.
Deputies with guns drawn entered the property, claiming they had probable cause to search based on a tip and found two mature marijuana plants and several seedlings growing inside.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office claimed deputies had no knowledge of the pending legislation, and that they have no desire to get involved in the publicity of such a discussion.
Luckily, no arrests were made, but the case is being reviewed by the state attorney’s office.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jeff Clemens, was not amused:
Clemens said Monday he was angry about the raid on the Jordan house.
“Do we want to be the kind of state that raids the home of a woman in a wheelchair in order to enforce outdated laws?” Clemens said Monday night.
As if the medical marijuana situation in Arizona isn’t already contentious, on Tuesday Tempe police raided Top Shelf Hydro College, a marijuana storefront locale that police say operated in violation of Arizona’s yet-to-be-implemented 2010 law by “disguising” itself as a medical pot provider. The owner of Top Shelf, James Earl Chaney, was arrested at his Phoenix home and remained in custody as of the last report. Cops also raided two private residences in Tempe that …More
The raid comes as federal prosecutors across California have been working for months to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries.
NYT > Marijuana and Medical Marijuana
For the last several hours, agents from the U.S. Marshalls, DEA, and IRS have been conducting a raid on Oaksterdam University and other businesses associated with Proposition 19 proponent Richard Lee. Lee was the primary financial supporter of the attempt to make marijuana legal in California in 2010, and his marijuana businesses in Oakland helped revitalize that area of the city.
Reports are still coming in, but it seems that several people have been arrested in the raids and more are being detained at the scenes.
Supporters of medical marijuana patients and the marijuana reform community were quick to respond in defense of Oaksterdam, which is an industry leader in cannabis science education. Protesters have flooded the area, and there are unconfirmed reports that several have been arrested as well.
While law enforcement has been busy knocking over a pillar of the community, a shooting was taking place at the exact same time at a nearby Christian university. At least eight people have been injured, and as of a few minutes ago, the suspect is still at large.
This is a tragic day for the residents of Oakland. Their public servants need to be using every resource at hand to deal with real problems, not persecuting legitimate, peaceful businesses and medical marijuana patients.