SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Federal drug agents raided a medical marijuana facility in San Francisco Wednesday night.
The raid occurred at Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic at 1597 Howard Street. DEA spokeswoman Casey McEnry told CBS 5 the documents regarding the raid are sealed, so the DEA was not able to give many details.
“The documents relating to today’s enforcement operation remain under court seal. Based on our investigation we believe there are not only violations of federal law, but state law as well. As of now we are prohibited from releasing further details of the case. Items of evidentiary value were seized and no arrests have been made. The investigation is currently ongoing,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams in a written statement.
Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic had a provisional permit, according to Chris Hermes, spokesperson for Americans for Safe Access, a national advocacy group for medical marijuana issues.
Hermes said at least two people were taken into custody at the facility.
“We’re shocked that after the Attorney General has made repeated statements that raids on California medical cannibis dispensaries would be suspended that we are seeing a continuation of that policy,” said Hermes.
“We call on the Attorney General to explain these actions by the DEA,” he added.
Attorney General Holder was clear that the feds would only go after dispensaries that break state law. If the feds have the evidence to show violations of state law, perhaps this is the Obama Administration’s way of putting the pressure on dispensary owners to strictly adhere to state law. However, if the DEA, rather than California authorities, are put upon to enforce California law, this is an unfair enforcement, as defendants in federal court will be unable to use their state’s medical marijuana law as a defense.
(Who has “less than a month” in the “next DEA raid pool”, anyway? I guess you never lose too many political bets by being too cynical…)