Federal Official Reacts to Filner’s Anger and Displays Woefully Inadequate Understanding of Medicinal Herb
Mayor Bob Filner is very angry with the Federal raid on a pot dispensary in downtown San Diego on Tuesday, April 23rd. He called it “provocative” and described it as intimidation. And he wants answers.
A day after the City Council and the Mayor discussed finding solutions to the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego, federal agents agents raided a marijuana collective, reportedly breaking a glass door in order to gain entry into the downtown building on Tuesday.
Around 9:30 a.m. the Narcotics Task Force busted into the One-on-One collective on 923 6th Avenue. Officers questioned individuals inside, one person was detained for awhile, but no one was arrested.
A few hours later, Mayor Filner expressed his anger to 7News. He told the media:
“For the sheriff and the DEA to raid a legal dispensary, at this point in time. It just seems to be provocative, it seems to be trying to intimidate people.”
Filner questioned the timing of the raid, as just the day and night before, he had been in City Council Chambers discussing the very issue with the Council. Dozens of people spoke pro and con on the issue before the ensembled government reps. Filner commented on that:
“The very person who spoke out at the meeting last night is then raided today, that does not seem to be the way that police ought to operate in our society.”
Channel 7 reported that “Filner said he’s been discussing the One-on-One collective with the City Attorney’s office for weeks and the collective was determined to be legal.” Filner also stated that the pot dispensary raid is just what he has railed against since his election.
“It just incites people, it just provokes people. It doesn’t help discussion, rational discussion. I’m sorry that it took place. And I haven’t got a real good explanation for why.”
In response, Patrick Kelly, the Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Narcotics Task Force, told the media that his boss – U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy – is enforcing the federal law against marijuana distribution, and pot is illegal. Kelly said the Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation. Kelly also had this to say:
“The mayor clearly has some strong opinions about distributing marijuana throughout San Diego County but the DEA’s message has been consistent since Day 1.
“Listen, there isn’t any medical professional out there that would advocate smoking anything as a medicine. These clubs are not for compassion, they’re for profit.”
This is an incredible statement coming from the top federal agent in charge of the Narcotics Task Force for our entire County. Did he really say, “there isn’t any medical professional out there that would advocate smoking anything as a medicine,” ? Not any? This is a woefully inadequate understanding of what medical herb is and does.
Patrick Kelly should step down from being in charge of anything.
Voters passed the compassionate medical marijuana initiative in this state in 1996, 17 years ago. The states of Colorado and Washington just voted to make pot legal in their states. Polls show that a majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal – not just medicinal marijuana, but “all” marijuana.