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Dispensary Account Frozen: Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally
by via the Berkeley Daily Planet (reposted)
Thursday Aug 2nd, 2007 8:44 AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 : Some 50 people, including four Berkeley city councilmembers, rallied at the Maudelle Shirek Building Tuesday, demanding that federal drug agents and the Los Angeles Police Department stay out of Berkeley and that the city become a sanctuary for distributors of medical marijuana. Either—or both—the Drug Enforcement Agency or the LAPD was responsible for freezing the Berkeley Patients Group’s account at the Bank of America, according to BPD administrator Debby Goldsberry, who discovered the funds were frozen when she went to make a withdrawal on Monday.
This comes on the heels of a DEA /LAPD raid July 25 on 10 medical marijuana distributors in Los Angeles, in which agents entered the medical marijuana dispensaries and seized medicine and equipment.

Among the L.A. dispensaries targeted was the California Patients’ Group that has ties to the BPG.

Wednesday, a DEA spokesperson in Los Angeles said she could not confirm or deny whether the DEA had a hand in freezing the account.

“From what I hear, [the BPA] is associated with the dispensary down here,” Sarah Pullen, DEA-Los Angeles spokesperson told the Daily Planet. The federal search warrant is under seal, she said.

William Panzer, the Oakland attorney representing the BPG, however, said he thinks the LAPD froze the account. He said he is waiting to see an affidavit from them and believes that whatever reason was given on it would not be credible.

“If police don’t like the law [Proposition 215], they won’t follow it,” Panzer said.

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