Marijuana Advocacy Group Decries Covelo Pot Raid

A marijuana activist group on Friday protested a federal law enforcement raid on a Mendocino County pot farm, saying it was protected by the county’s new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed the Wednesday raid in Covelo, but a spokeswoman declined to comment on the details.

“We did conduct an enforcement operation, but everything is under court seal,” said Casey McEnry, a spokeswoman for the DEA in San Francisco.

Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a group pushing to ease marijuana laws, said, “This raid is clear evidence that the DEA is out of control.”

The Covelo farm owned by Joy Greenfield, 68, was registered with Mendocino County authorities under an ordinance that allows medical marijuana collectives to grow up to 99 plants. The plants were being grown for a collective in San Diego called Light the Way, NORML said.

She paid a county application fee and the garden had been inspected by Mendocino sheriff’s deputies, the group said. Greenfield was the county’s first such applicant, NORML said.

Federal agents removed 99 plants and took a computer and cash, the group said. Greenfield wasn’t there at the time.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman confirmed Friday that the property owner had the proper paperwork and the marijuana was legal in the eyes of the county.

“This was a federal operation and had nothing to do with local law enforcement,” he said. “The federal government made a decision to go ahead and eradicate it.”

He said conflicting county, state and federal marijuana laws create a problem for law enforcement. “They’ve created a huge gray area,” Allman said.

He said federal drug investigators may have information about the Covelo operation that isn’t known to local law enforcement.

– Article from The Press Democrat.


Mendocino County Marijuana Raids Net 85,393 Plants, No Arrests

By Julie Johnson, The Press Democrat

Narcotics agents seized 85,393 marijuana plants and two firearms during weeklong raids across Mendocino County, authorities reported.

Officers with the County Of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team searched corporate timber properties, federal bureau of land management areas and private properties during the raids that began July 5 and ended Friday, Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.

They covered areas including Coleman and Sheldon creeks, Hopland, Fish Rock Road, Yorkville, Hales Grove, Usal and along Highway 253 and Boonville Road.

Agents found evidence that growers were camping in or near the gardens at most of the sites searched, but no suspects were arrested or identified, Smallcomb said.

– Article from The Press Democrat.

Comments

4 Comments

  1. George O'Brien on

    I brought this up as a perfect example of misappropriated government resources yesterday morning during a phone interview with a conservative cable morning news show called AM Arizona to promote my website Illegal Alien Report. I said that a better use of the DEA would be patrolling the border and seizing cocaine before it can get to Lindsay Lohan and the hosts seemed to get a little uncomfortable. I should have phrased it better thought because this behavior is contradictory to statements made by the Obama administration that federal resources are too busy focusing on the most serious of crimes to patrol the border for illegal aliens.

    I did not mention it on the air, but I state on my website that I believe Draconian drug laws to be responsible for a significant about of crime related to illegal aliens. If you think about it who in their right mind would buy Mexican marijuana in Arizona if weed from Mendocino were legally available no one in their right mind would buy Mexican weed, the illegal alien customer base would disappear, people would still be getting baked who were getting baked anyway, and the federal government would have one less excuse for not securing the border.

  2. Castklearr on

    The Police/PIG are a network of Lawyers, Judges and police pigging out on us.

    Make laws against citizens FUN then arrest them for there own safety!

    I suggest that cops lawyers and judges are there for the MONEY!. Keep arresting the citizens so there retirement looks grand and they are rewarded for impuning fun and freedom in the public sector.

    They all have blinders on….Lets dissolve the un-just-us society of criminals and rip-offs. We can police ourselves fuck the united states of networked thieves!

    “YOU ARE FREE TO DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD!”

    THE “JUST US SOCIETY!”

  3. Lygeia on

    Registering her farm with the Mendocino authorities was like painting a bulls-eye on her house or leaving a trail of bread crumbs for the DEA to follow right to her front door. Joy Greenfield fell into the trap they laid for her and this is really the essence of pure evil. Good, middle-class people who want to follow the rules are being lied to and hurt by believing the lies that are being fed to them.

    Until this Prohibition is repealed on the federal level, people will continue to exist in limbo not knowing what to do, and this is a form of hell.

  4. Anonymous on

    Here’s what the UN Single Convention says about distribution of drugs in its schedules, presumably including medical Cannabis. Note, particularly, this part;

    “c) The provisions of subparagraphs a) and b) relating to licensing need not apply to
    persons duly authorized to perform and while performing therapeutic or scientific functions.”

    That tells me that as long as somebody is authorized to perform therapeutic functions, like a Naturopath for or a Pharmacist for instance, does the handing out of the meds in the dispensary and requires prescriptions then it’s not illegal according to the UN. So why would the federal government want to say it is illegal? Which experts or committees recommended that? Or was it just some dumbass President. No shortage of those. I don’t think one politician is really qualified to make such decisions, especially when they are the exact opposite of what the experts actually did recommend.

    Article 30

    TRADE AND DISTRIBUTION
    1. a) The Parties shall require that the trade in and distribution of drugs be under licence
    except where such trade or distribution is carried out by a State enterprise or State
    enterprises:
    b) The Parties shall:
    i) Control all persons and enterprises carrying on or engaged in the trade in or
    distribution of drugs;
    ii) Control under licence the establishments and premises in which such trade or
    distribution may take place. The requirement of licensing need not apply to
    preparations.
    c) The provisions of subparagraphs a) and b) relating to licensing need not apply to
    persons duly authorized to perform and while performing therapeutic or scientific functions.
    2. The Parties shall also:
    a) Prevent the accumulation in the possession of traders, distributors, State enterprises
    or duly authorized persons referred to above, of quantities of drugs and poppy straw in
    excess of those required for the normal conduct of business, having regard to the prevailing
    market conditions; and
    b) i) Require medical prescriptions for the supply, or dispensation of drugs to
    individuals. This requirement need not apply to such drugs as individuals may
    lawfully obtain, use, dispense or administer in connection with their duly
    authorized therapeutic functions; and
    ii) If the Parties deem these measures necessary or desirable, require that
    prescriptions for drugs in Schedule I should be written on official forms to be
    issued in the form of counterfoil books by the competent governmental
    authorities or by authorized professional associations.