Pubdate: Thu, 09 Oct 2008
Source: Daily Review, The (Hayward, CA)
Copyright: 2008 ANG Newspapers
Author: Eric Kurhi
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)


Boxes Of Evidence Removed; No Arrests Made

CHERRYLAND - Federal agents on Wednesday raided We Are Hemp, a medical
marijuana dispensary at 931 East Lewelling Blvd., and removed six
boxes of evidence but made no arrests, authorities said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration declined to disclose what spurred
the raid. The dispensary has been operating for eight years.

"The documents relating to today's enforcement operation remain under
court seal," agent Javier F. Pena said in a prepared statement
Wednesday. "A federal search warrant was served and items of
evidentiary value were seized. No arrests have been made and the
investigation is ongoing."

Club owner Adele Morgan could not be reached for comment. It remains
unclear whether We Are Hemp will open for business today.

A handful of marijuana rights activists gathered outside the police
tape surrounding the converted home as about a dozen federal agents
removed the boxes around 3 p.m. Police did not elaborate on what was
inside the boxes.

"This is always going on - the DEA continues to violate state law,"
said George Pappas, a coordinator for Oakland-based advocacy group
Americans for Safe Access. "This collective has a license with Alameda
County and has been benefitting the community for years."

Pappas repeatedly yelled at agents, accusing them of violating state
guidelines and showing a lack of compassion for medical patients
seeking relief.

Other hecklers hurled various insults and epithets at the agents.
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