Medical marijuana patients and advocates Thursday will participate in a Denver protest of the continuing federal raids of patients and providers in Colorado, according to Sensible Colorado.
The protest is in response to the recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids of two medical marijuana testing laboratories and the February 12 raid of a licensed grower in Highlands Ranch.
|Brian Vicente: “These raids are out of compliance with both the will of Colorado voters and that of the White House”|
”These raids are out of compliance with both the will of Colorado voters and that of the White House,” said Brian Vicente, event organizer and director of Sensible Colorado.
“In particular, the recent, armed raid and arrest of licensed medical marijuana provider Chris Bartkowicz highlights the rogue nature of the regional DEA office,” Vicente said. “President Obama needs to be made aware of this agency’s miscreant actions.”
Colorado voters in 2000 passed a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a doctor’s recommendation.
In October 2009, the Department of Justice issued a memo instructing federal agents not to focus resources on the arrest and prosecution of individuals following state medical marijuana laws.
Who: Medical marijuana patients, providers, and supporters
What: Medical marijuana protest at event attended by President Obama
When: Thursday, Feb. 18, Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Across from the Fillmore Auditorium, at the corner of Colfax and Clarkson, in Denver, Colorado. See directions here.