HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html County, City Condemn DEA Marijuana Raid
Pubdate: Wed, 11 Sep 2002
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Santa Cruz Sentinel


Sentinel staff report

SANTA CRUZ - County supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday 
condemning the federal government's raid of the Wo/Men's Alliance for 
Medical Marijuana garden last week.

The Santa Cruz City Council passed a similar measure.

Supervisor Mardi Wormhoudt, who sponsored the county resolution, said she 
was "appalled" by the raid.

"This type of federal action seems to me completely unwarranted," she said. 
"Most of us know the Wo/Men's Alliance to be exemplary in its practice."

Wormhoudt said the raid is forcing WAMM members to buy marijuana on the 
open market, which is both risky and costly. And, ironically, the raid is 
supporting international drug cartels that sell marijuana and other 
dangerous drugs, she said.

WAMM director Valerie Corral and her husband, Michael, spoke of how they 
were thrown face-down on the floor with guns pointed at their heads on 

"This is a tragedy on so many levels, it is beyond me to comprehend," 
Michael Corral said. "In the last few months we have buried five of our 
friends, and we will probably bury more because of this."

Alliance member Suzanne Pfeil, who suffers post-polio syndrome and uses a 
wheelchair, also spoke Tuesday. Pfeil said she is in constant pain without 
marijuana, one of the few drugs her body can tolerate.

"The guns of the nation are now pointed at the sick, the disabled and the 
dying," she said. "I have a hard time believing I am the enemy."
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