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SEATTLE: Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Advocacy Office

Postby Herbie » Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:59 pm

Grant M. Haller / P-ISteve Sarich, executive director of CannaCare, says he's no drug dealer and that his group's funds support medical marijuana users.


Agents raid medical marijuana advocacy office; Plants, computers and cash seized in Everett

Note: This story has been altered. The source of Steve Newman's marijuana was misstated in the original version.

Drug enforcement agents raided the Everett headquarters of an advocacy group for medical marijuana patients, confiscating what police documents say was more than 1,000 plants and computers that the owners say contain personal information of about 200 men and women authorized to use the drug for medicinal purposes.

So far, no one has been arrested or charged with a crime.

Fearful of potential repercussions and unsure of the officers' ultimate aim, patients in the CannaCare network of marijuana users have been "laying low," said one, terrified that they may be prosecuted for using a substance authorized by their physicians.

"Who knows what they're doing with our information?" said Steve Newman, who has multiple sclerosis and has been associated with CannaCare for two years. "It makes me concerned -- really, really concerned. But we're pretty helpless. Nobody can say much about it."

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