This is an important petition and action post ~ please read, and use the links to sign it. I have also included the email forwarded to supporters of Americans for Safe Access by director, Steph Sherer.
On June 7, Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee that his Justice Department will only undertake enforcement action against medical marijuana organizations operating “out of conformity with state law.” We didn’t believe his statement at the time, but recent events made clear the enormous gap between his words, and the reality facing qualified patients in medical marijuana states.
Just four days after Holder’s testimony, armed federal agents raided El Camino Wellness, a respected — and fully permitted — medical cannabis dispensary in Sacramento, California. In the raid, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took money, medical marijuana, computers, and other personal property. The IRS then seized El Camino’s bank accounts, the same ones used to pay state sales tax.
El Camino Wellness was a non-profit cooperative that served 27,000 patients in the Sacramento area. It was nowhere near a school, and met all state and local guidelines for operation. El Camino Wellness had the support of City Council members, one of whom even wrote to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, questioning the need to target them and other city-sanctioned facilities.
Because of this federal raid — in direct opposition to the Holder’s recent statement — tens of thousands of patients have lost access to their medicine.
But the gap between the administration’s tolerant rhetoric and the harsh reality facing patients was made clear only four days after Holder’s testimony. Sacramento, CA dispensary El Camino Wellness was raided – and like many other DEA targets, it had a long history of compliance with local laws.
Patients deserve better than double-speak from our nation’s top law enforcement official. That is why Americans for Safe Access have partnered with the progressive advocacy group Courage Campaign to petition Eric Holder to stop raiding dispensaries in medical cannabis states.
We’ve produced a video telling the story of Eric Holder’s testimony and subsequent raid in Sacramento, and how it impacts patients. Our partnership and video will help explain to new allies why it matters to everyone that the administration’s rhetoric doesn’t match reality. Please share our petition with your friends, and help inform Americans about unjust federal enforcement in medical cannabis states.
Sign our petition, and together we will keep the pressure on Eric Holder – and President Obama – to fulfill their promises to respect state medical marijuana laws.
For more information >>> check out this Huffington Post article also by Steph Sherer.