Get Legal, Get Busted: DEA Flouts Mendocino Medical Marijuana Ordi­nance; Raids 1st Permit Applicant

by Letters to the Editor, July 13, 2010

Covelo, California, Jul 7, 2010: The DEA flouted Mendocino County's newly enacted medical marijuana cultivation ordinance by raiding the first collective that had applied to the sheriff's cultivation permit program.

A multi-agency federal task force descended on the property of Joy Greenfield, 68, the first Mendo patient to pay the $1050 application fee under the ordinance, which allows collectives to grow up to 99 plants provided they comply with certain regulations. Ms Greenfield had applied in the name of her collective, “Light the Way,” which opened in San Diego earlier this year. Her prop­erty had passed a preliminary inspection by Mendo sher­iff's deputies shortly before the raid, and she had bought the sheriff's “zip-ties” intended to designate her plants as legal. In the days before the raid, Ms Greenfield had seen a helicopter hovering over her property; she inquired with the sheriff, who told her the copter belonged to DEA and wasn't under his control.

The agents invaded her property with guns drawn, tore out the collective's 99 plants and took Ms Greenfield's computer and cash. Ms Greenfield was not at home during the raid, but spoke on the phone to the DEA agent in charge. When she told him that she was a legal grower under the sheriff's program, the agent replied “I don't care what the sheriff says.”

When she returned to her house she found it in dis­array with soda cans strewn on the floor. “It was just a mess,” she said, “No one should be able to tear your house apart like that.”

Ms. Greenfield called the raid a “slap in the face of Mendocino's government.”

The DEA has been tight-lipped about the raid, but claims it was part of a larger investigation involving other suspects.

“Here Mendo is trying to step out in front by passing this ordinance, and what do the feds do but raid the first applicant,” commented Ms Greenfield's attorney, Bob Boyd of Ukiah. ” The DEA is stepping all over local authorities trying to tax and regulate.”

Neither Boyd nor other locals believe that the sheriff tipped off the DEA or gave them any information about permit applicants. Sheriff Allman has been highly sup­portive of efforts to bring local growers into the permit program. Nonetheless, observers fear that the raid will have a chilling effect.

“This raid is clear evidence that the DEA is out of control,” said California NORML director Dale Gier­inger. “A change in federal law is long overdue. In the meantime, the DEA needs a new director who will enforce Attorney General Holder's pledge not to interfere in state medical marijuana laws.” The agency is currently directed by Michele Leonhart, a Bush holdover who has presided over numerous medical marijuana raids and has obstructed research efforts to develop marijuana for medicine. Obama has renominated her to head the agency — a move strongly opposed by drug reformers, who are calling on the administration to honor its pledge of change.


4 Responses to Get Legal, Get Busted: DEA Flouts Mendocino Medical Marijuana Ordi­nance; Raids 1st Permit Applicant

  1. dw Reply

    July 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

    what is the out come of this raid.. i also heard her property was rented out. and that she did not live on it.. ?what is teh out come of this raid.. what grounds did they have to remove the plants and take her garden?

  2. dw Reply

    July 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

    are the going to compensate her back the gross amount of plants earnings.. and produce the medicine needed for the patients.. wonder how they plan to make it good.. if the removed her crop .. from teh ground are the keeping her plants alive..
    what grounds do they have to remove her plants if she is in compliance of the order.. as i read allman said it is dea copter out of his hands.. what a crock
    of bolonga…. they all work together in law enforcement.. talk about what they are gona do ahead of time etc.. allman was well aware of this copter.. and the scene
    that they were about to commit.. by removing or raiding this medical crop.
    nothing goes down in mendocino county without allman knowing first hand or about it..
    he has his hands in everything.. he says he dosent like to talk and be the lime lite of people.. but this guy cant stay out of board of supervisor meeting , and quit talking to media every chance he gets. he is nothing but there chatting away.. also giving seminars , events etc.
    allman is there first hand,, yet making no real effort..
    in fact.. when zip tags were introduce to mendocino county board of directors
    by sheriff allman.. he basicaly made you think he was the guy who invented the tags for plants.. that he infact created it. yet on this day. of presentation the rightful inventor of the zip tags was present at the board of supervisor meeting
    calling allmans bluff.. stating he infact did not create zip tags.. it was introduced by her.. to sonoma county.. and her idea .. and that she might be wiling to sue
    tom allman over it.. at the board of supervisor meeting this went on .. rofl.
    he did not create the idea . he used her idea.. and mis lead people in believeing other wise.
    this realy showed me .. what this man was about.. how he can minuplte , lie
    and mislead people in to believing other wise..
    just like this raid on this garden..
    it is wrong.. the commet, erradication team and police of lake county , mendocino county .. all lie.
    they also say .. they break the law every day.. and they can because they are
    police officers..
    and they say it in front of your children.. who can be influnced in the wrong way
    by them saying they break the law everyday..
    quoted ( this is a true statement by a law commet officer stated to my self in front of my child)
    where do we go when .. cops . law enforcers break the law.. who governs them
    that is the real issue. this cops think they are un stopable. able to break the law any way they choose.
    once i was riding in a cop car. no emergency.. no hurry, no trouble..
    and the police officer was driving in excess speed of 80 miles and hour.
    i asked him why he was driving so fast.. he said because he could..
    i asked him ot slow down.. he ws breaking the law the speed limit was 65
    he was in excess of 80 miles per hour. with no emergency.
    i told him he was breaking the law..
    he said i am the law..

  3. dw Reply

    July 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    another comment i want to add is
    if a officer says he is the law. i wonder what it means.
    the law is words. ordinaces passes on paper. rules , regulations etc.
    that is a law.. in effect.
    so how can a human being be a law.

    he is a peace ….. officer…. up holding the law.. working for an ordiance.. or law that is passed..
    he works for the people , beside the people , and up holds the laws that are passed.. so how can he be the law?
    he s not..
    he is a representive of a passed law..
    do police officers have to be a LAW abiding citizens .. wheather they are wearing a uniform or not..
    do they have to obey a law..
    or because they say they are the law…. ha ha … rofl
    that they dont have to follow the rules..
    like a speed limit..
    what right do they have being above the law..
    who gives them the right to feel they are superior .. to citizens and above the law?
    and that they can break the law , because they are .. peace officers..
    i dont care what the rank is ..
    the law is the law.. it dosent not state…. certain privledges to those who think they are above all others.
    it says all follow the law.. all the time.. no exceptions.. yet these
    folks..
    break the law.. all the time and get away with it … even if small crimes like not wearing seatbelt or speeding..
    those are the small level laws they break ..
    not including lieing, false statements.. setting people up., etc,
    they are criminals.. who commit cirmes. and say
    i can because i am the law..

    well no ur not .. you work for the law, and the citizens
    you represent the law..
    no mater what kind of law man , woman , you are..
    the citizens pay your salaries.. vote you in and out.
    you work for the public,,
    your are by far not the law… or above it..

  4. dw Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    our President of the United States .. quoted.. “I WILL NEVER LEGALIZE MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AT ANY TIME IM PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES..
    I DO NOT WANT OUR NATION TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION. I WILL LEAVE IT UP
    TO THE STATES TO REGULATE IT AS THEY CHOOSE , THE STATES.
    THIS NATION WILL NOT GO IN THAT DIRECTION, WHILE IM PRESIDENT, I DO NOT WANT MY CHILDREN BELIEVING THIS IS GOD FOR THEM.
    HE ALSO PLANS TO RUN 2 TERMS.
    WHICH EQUALS 8 YEARS TOTOAL.. 4 YEAERS EACH TERM ..
    SO FOR THE NEXT 8 YEARS WELL THE FIRST 4 SO FAR WE CAN COUNT ON NO NATION LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA , OR MARIJUANA FOR THAT MATTER.
    PRESIDENT OBAMA …. WILL VETO ANY ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT NATION WIDE LEGAL..
    you can find this in his speech , he stated it out right.. in his speech to the nation on legalization of marijuana

    another thing to take into consideration is .. the growers .. are fighting legalizatoin as well.
    they act like they are not . but the majority of them are.
    if it is legal.. then they loose some legal tender.. a quite a bit .. to be honest.
    so they wil vote against legalization.. im not saying all , but some will.
    the real people whom are trying to legalize it are the people whom are trying to stop the money trafficing and the growers from making there profits…
    they are the working class. who are voting for legalization..
    they want the illegal tradeing and the un taxed profits to stop.
    they want to stop the grower from making anymore legal tender.
    because once it is legal . sales wil decline , profites wil decrease.
    and the amounts wil be world wide all over .. regulated
    like a beer,,. or cigretes.
    and the profits wil decrease.
    well at least we can thank obama for not legalizing it..
    which he has cleary stated ….. he wil not ,, ever legalize marijana while he is president.. one thing you can count on..

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