DEA Cracking Down On Santa Ana Pot Clubs

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On April 18, the DEA added Santa Ana to its list of cities where it has cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries with the help of local officials.

The Weekly has already reported how the feds recently targeted pot clubs in Anaheim, even going so far as to file a $1.5 million asset forfeiture lawsuit against a middle aged couple who rented to a since-shuttered collective. There, as has now happened in Santa Ana, the DEA raided some clubs while sending threatening letters to others, doing so only after being invited in by local officials.

Marla James, president of the Orange County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, blasted the move  in an interview today. "The city is a municipality of the state of California," she said. "It isn't their role to call in the federal government to target collectives that are obeying state law. By doing that, the city is actually subverting state law."

The feds filed asset forfeiture lawsuits against the owners of buildings where the following collectives are located: The Green Love Collective, (GLC), The Dispensary Store, SoCal Compassion, Club Meds, Well Greenz, J Pacific Life and Healing OC. The DEA simultaneously raided the latter two of those clubs, and sent letters warning 56 other clubs that they had just 14 days to shut down or else face "potential civil or criminal actions."

A press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice last week stated that, including this most recent crackdown in Santa Ana, "federal enforcement actions - asset forfeiture lawsuits, warning letters and related activity - have now targeted more than 525 illegal marijuana businesses in the Central District of California. The majority of those businesses previously targeted are now closed, are the subject of eviction proceedings by landlords, or have been the subject of additional federal enforcement actions."

According to James, not all clubs in Santa Ana have been threatened by city or federal officials. "I was at Paragon Vitality Collective on Broadway this weekend," she said. "They haven't gotten any letters telling them they had to leave. We had a nice 420 party there."

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surfanddie4life
surfanddie4life

ths blows all the disp in santa ana are closed wtf they really want us to get our weed from the streets again

Insider
Insider

It is sad... patients are not getting care that need it .. And it is all about $$$ .. Honestly I would know... 

brucemarsh40
brucemarsh40

The Feds are unable to keep track of 500,000 people on the Terrorist list, guys like the Boston Bombers, but they have plenty of time to chase cannabis patients and their suppliers. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both cannabis growers, would be ashamed. What a terrible waste of taxpayer resources.

JURY NULLIFICATION is one good way to stand up to the tyranny of government. Get on a jury, vote innocent for all cannabis offenders, regardless of the amount. It only takes one in twelve.

MisterE
MisterE

Thanks Marla , now because of your loose lips we must close our doors.. It is true that Paragon had not received a letter then Marla opens her trap and tells the whole world, 2 days letter we received the letter. Thanks again. I'm sure her reply would be: "well, you were probably going to get it anyway" .. stay out of the headlines and do us all a favor

thomasjeffjohnson
thomasjeffjohnson

It's ALL law enforcement.   Law enforcement has the ear of all these city officials.   They are constantly telling them how terrible pot is.   When the feds look for answers regarding pot, they turn to law enforcement.  Law enforcement only makes up about .25% of the American population.  HARDLY representative of john q public.   Add to that the fact that many branches of law enforcement have jobs that might suffer if marijuana is legalized.  Prison guards, for example, don't want to see the prison population shrink.  If the prison  population shrinks, prison guards lose jobs at prisons.  Also, if marijuana is illegal, cops won't get to dress up in full camo battle gear and go out gardening with assault rifles on the weekends.   They'll no longer be able to bust in the doors of a dispensary that has maybe 2 or 3 people working and step on them and hold guns to their heads.  We can' t ask the cops to stop this.  It's obviously for the good of the people.

thomasjeffjohnson
thomasjeffjohnson

"According to James, not all clubs in Santa Ana have been threatened by city or federal officials. "I was at Paragon Vitality Collective on Broadway this weekend," she said. "They haven't gotten any letters telling them they had to leave. We had a nice 420 party there."

Yeah, well now that you've said that in an article, you can expect that dispensary to go on the short list of those to shut down.  They hate when people talk publicly.

manoman
manoman

They are handing over a multi-billion dollar industry to gangsters, drug cartels, and other criminals. I wonder how much they got paid to do this? If all drugs were legal, the DEA wouldn't be needed. If you realized you weren't needed at your job would you inform your boss that you quit because you are not needed? No, you would sit there quietly and hope you don't lose your job. A lot of these laws we have are just keeping people employed, which is in turn wasting money, which then makes us go broke so we have to stiffen the laws more so we can make more money. WAKE UP PEOPLE. THEY ARE LETTING RAPISTS OUT OF PRISON EARLY TO MAKE ROOM FOR MINORITIES STEALING CANDY BARS AND SMOKING JOINTS.

RustieX
RustieX

worthless governments

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

They obviously didn't do much, they're still everywhere here in Anacrime.

John Hald
John Hald

fuck club meds was my old stop.

Joe Rivello
Joe Rivello

fuuuck. Santa Ana clinics are the best.

zab_912
zab_912

This war on Cannabis is ridiculously ludicrous. 

foxflores
foxflores

As someone who has battled colon cancer for a year and a half and use medical marijuana to help with all the chemotherapy I have to go through I challenge any city official to tell me personally why they have invited the Feds to crack down on the dispensaries in Santa Ana. I've lived in Santa Ana my whole life and love this city but don't fuck with my ability to legally buy pot!My name is Robert Anthony Flores and I have stage 4 colon cancer.

majorvariola
majorvariola

The city officials who invited the stasi in should be documented and perhaps a protest at their house, or their kids school, is appropriate.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

The City should be ashamed and then sued for this. Marla is right they are an entity of the State and should be held to the statutes in proposition 215 and SB 420 especially since the Colvin and Jackson decisions. An d back at Theo Lacy jail, Guillermo Avina is serving 3 years in the County jail on OC's dime for the audacity of having 1 lb of cannabis in his car.

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