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Chairman Of The House Committee On the Judiciary John Conyers Wants Answers From The DEA Regarding Raids In States With Medi-Pot ‘Patient Protection’ Laws

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director May 6, 2008

    medical marijuana, NORML, cannabis

    On April 29, 2008 House of Representative’s Committee on the Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) sent a 17-page letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart with pointed questions, a listing of over 60 medical marijuana dispensaries or patient cooperatives that have been raided by the DEA and federal law enforcement between June 2005 to November 2007 and numerous citations from local municipalities that are on the record of supporting patient access to cannabis and oppose federal intervention.

    Excerpt from Conyer’s letter to Leonhart:

    “Every month new science supporting the therapeutic value of cannabis is published. As a result, medical and scientific organizations, like the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association, are urging reform of laws that place in legal jeopardy physicians or their individual patients who may benefit from the use of cannabis. As the Administrator, you have the discretion to decide whether to continue heightened enforcement activities in California and in other states that have authorized the use of medical cannabis by qualified individuals. Please explain what role, if any, emerging scientific data plays in your decision-making process to conduct enforcement raids on individuals authorized to use or provide medical cannabis under state law.”

    Read the entire letter and list of raided medical marijuana dispensaries and cooperatives here.

    Let’s hope the DEA’s answers are as illuminating as the questions being asked by Chairman Conyers.

    13 Responses to “Chairman Of The House Committee On the Judiciary John Conyers Wants Answers From The DEA Regarding Raids In States With Medi-Pot ‘Patient Protection’ Laws”

    1. Brian says:

      Cheers to Rep. Conyers for helping to bring the issue of state’s rights vs DEA enforcement into the public eye. Let’s hope more representatives start asking these types of questions.

    2. Scott says:

      If we could only get 1 representative from all 50 states to start questioning the DEA, maybe we could start to see some change!

    3. Eric says:

      Rep. Conyers exhibits courage and common sense in asking these questions of the DEA. We need to demand our government make decisions based on science, not hyperbole and lies. DEA should not make policy, and should not have any hand in deciding policy – it is a clear conflict of interest that does not serve the American people. They’ve had too many years of uncontested authority – it’s time to bring DEA in line with the will of the people, not just the will of those who benefit from the deep pockets of this abortive “War on Drugs”.

    4. Gerard says:

      Im dying to see what answers are given. On the other side of the coin I’ve seen “them” firing back by putting out articles on US News’ web site about marijuana and teen suicide, plus I’ve heard them on the conservative talk radio shows as of lately spewing their propaganda and lies to further confuse and keep ignorant their audience. I’ve emailed them the above article to see if they would discuss it, but not surprisingly they have totally ignored it. I’m doing everything i can to make this piece of news more public.

    5. Shane says:

      “Its all about the money”. The profit of the tobacco,pharmaceutical,alcohol/beer and Americas oil companies are the motive of these injustices.{The Emperor Wears No Cloths}

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