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Feds raid medical marijuana facilities

SAN DIEGO — Narcotics enforcement officers raided a downtown San Diego medical marijuana dispensary and nine indoor cannabis cultivation sites in the North County Tuesday, seizing plants and documenting alleged violations, according to authorities.

Medical MarijuanaThere were no immediate arrests in the ongoing investigation, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which carried out the operation along with the multi-agency regional Narcotics Task Force.

A precise accounting of the amount of marijuana seized was unavailable as of early afternoon, DEA spokeswoman Amy Roderick said.

The raid comes just a day after San Diego city officials discussed the possibility of drafting an ordinance to legalize such dispensaries.

“It’s an on going investigation, I can’t give out details,” said DEA Special Agent Patrick Kelly when asked if Monday night’s City Council meeting had anything to do with the raid.

The bust has taken many by surprise given San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s recent announcement that city officials would halt prosecutions against dispensaries.

Agent Kelly says while medical use of marijuana is legal in the state of California, he and his agency will continue to enforce and stand by federal law, “Under federal law, it is illegal to use and distribute marijuana,” he stressed.

Mayor Filner did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

City Council President Todd Gloria sent out a statement in response to the raids; “Today’s raid demonstrates the ongoing conflict between California’s allowance of marijuana for medicinal purposes and the federal government’s view of it as an illegal substance,” stated Gloria.


42 Comments to “Feds raid medical marijuana facilities”

    Hank Martin said:
    April 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Take That Filner

      Monoxide said:
      April 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM


      Take That Cancer Patients

        SD Guest said:
        April 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        As a terminal cancer patient, I must say I have no desire to smoke marijuana. Throughout my years of treatment, I have met very few people who have used marijuana for cancer therapy.

          steven greenwald said:
          April 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

          thats your free choice which is respected but a patient wishes to try and use marijuana to make their final days of their lives more bearable be compassionate and allow them to do so

          Brian said:
          April 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

          Hey terminal cancer patient… It's not about smoking cannabis, you have been severely misinformed. Cannabis cures cancer, Google: Rick Simpson. Go to http://phoenixtears.ca/

          You've been lied to, do yourself a favor and seek the truth… as the truth could save your life.

          bob day said:
          April 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

          u are a fool then

          Test said:
          April 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM


    Brian E said:
    April 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Did this seriously just happen within a day of the vote being proposed?

    Thurgood Jenkins said:
    April 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Don't mess with federal anti drug money, it funds a lot of paychecks. And illegal weed money funds lots of cartel guns.

      IDon'tLikeThumbsDown said:
      April 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Stupid stoners, this comment was pro legalization. Put the blunt down before you try to read the news

        STEVEN GREENWALD said:
        April 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        the profits from illrgal drgs and marijuana prohibition funds trafficking ie th cartels and the black market ie gangs ,both the proximate causation of the mrders of 100,000 innocent latinos in mexicop and central america and the homicides in chicago and innocen bystanders tabitha pendelton.. mr obama your policyto continue the war on drugs is an UTTER FAILURE

          steven greenwald said:
          April 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

          hezbollah a terrorist gang launders the billions for the cartels

            Dylan said:
            April 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

            No Steve, the cartel launders its money through major Wall Street firms. This is a fact, look it up…

      Dylan said:
      April 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      No Thurgood, the "Cartels" get their guns directly from the Federal Government. (fast and furious)

    Monoxide said:
    April 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    It's too much work for the Feds to solve real crime. And confiscating the weed saves them time so they don't have to grow it themselves.
    Don't act like they don't divide up the weed for themselves after they leave the so called
    "crime scene". We all know they do.

    Wondering said:
    April 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Why won't they raid some medical tobacco and medical liquor stores too being that those products are sooo upstanding vs. Marijuana? LOL!

    Jesus said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    That sucks cause I'm a patient, but I'm glad this place got shut down. U can tell they're in it for profit not people

    steven greenwald said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    the question is whether or not mr obama knows that hezbollah profits from his policy of the war on drugs

    carter said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Shut all the pot shops down, they are in violation of the city's laws. What makes them think they don't have to obeythe laws. And there are at least 20 open pot shops disobeying the rules. A true caregiver would deliver the pot to the patient not set up a shop.

      joe said:
      April 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      in some states it is legal the prob is under fed law its illegal not state/city law

    thomas said:
    April 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Man all of you that hate weed and pot heads..well guess what assholes, frist flag hemp and the continental army of the 13 states uniform was hemp, when to leader of the country smoked weed, and when has weed hurt anyone….ohhh yeah once 300 of the frist dea feds went state and illegalized it because mexicans would smoke before work and of course cotten cause you know we couldnt have “niggers” in a hemp fild oh no wait it was all over MONEY!!!!! Crazy how the goverment and a church is SUCH BULLSHIT!!!! I hate all of you dumb fucks

      schmo said:
      April 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      With all the problems in the world they almost all have the same answer …. they all have to do with conflict of interest … something being a problem is either A making someone a bunch of money or B helping someone while hurting others

      Jonathan said:
      April 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      That is crazy, next you are going to say the US Gov sold guns to Mexican Criminals, or perhaps Saddam didn't have Weapons of Mass Destruction. The government wouldn't lie to us because we would hold them accountable.

    robert said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    its funny how noone was getting hurt till 2011-12 when they started raiding dispenceries. for almost eight year there was nothing bad or good regarding mmj. but since the feds started raiding dispenceries all over the country dozens have been prisoned and died in prison once they stopped using marijuana. the only people therehurting is the patients who choose or some dont even really have a choice its either use mmj or die. and guess what now there dying. but thats how obama wants it. population control. the feds are ruining peoples lives who otherwise were great contributions to the community and the neighborhoods. and yet they seem to almost never make an arrest. its just a ploy to get funding from the united states treasury. and if obama really cared for the people tha he would have kept our payroll cuts in tact and creatd real budgets for the american people instead of one for the goverment. all this sequester stuff is made to directly affect the civilians of america but could be done without any direct impact on the civilians and little affect on the goverment

    robert said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    if he didnt support supplying lazy non-working and at times not legal persons with full life long food housing and medical treatment. get real america and focus on the real issues here. and if were broke let find new revenue without taxing the rich or poor. how bout new commidities like marijuana hemp and so on. lets open our eyes to the real agenda of mr. obama. i refuse to call him president. he has hurt the people of our country time and time againits time for a president and not a wannabe dictator

    420 Shaye said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    This is getting ridiculous. What's the point!? Seems like a waste of money and resources. Just legalize it already! For more 420 news in California check out: http://www.420cali.com

    M McL said:
    April 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Like arresting somebody for sand.

    Chief Oren said:
    April 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    States Rights Vs. Federal Government. Sound familiar?

    Jason said:
    April 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Those against Marijuana are simply uneducated and tools of propaganda… Alcohol and Tobacco kills over 400,000 people per year in America, yet it is taxed and legal… Wow, sounds like the DEA and ATF have their priorities backwards… Of any substance, Marijuana is the least harmful and dangerous, yet because it hails from Mexico in years past, ignorant San Diegans, and other ignorant Americans have an issue with it… NO worries, all the money being made from Medical Marijuana will fund the Supreme Court cases coming up to make Marijuana (a plant that god created for humans to use) legal… Those against Marijuana are simply uneducated and tools of propaganda…

    Sam Sneed said:
    April 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    c'mon people when are we gonna fight back?

    Hank said:
    April 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Be real, the majority of these stores were being used to supply potheads. The really ill people would be able to obtain it just about anywhere if needed.

    Moe said:
    April 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The feds should raid my underwear, I just pooped 'em.

    Concreteblonde said:
    August 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    What this really is, is retaliation for a drop in Obama's approval rating that came out the other day. What was it, a 10% drop?

    Yeah, he's gonna show you!

    Ronda said:
    December 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    The chances of an Eastern European person inheriting this syndrome is
    1 in 48,000. Experimental preparations were randomized to control groups
    (FI(CO(2)) = 0. Some stores like Plato’s Closet ( accept gently used clothing for

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