SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

East Bay | Drug War | Front Page

Thu Aug 2 2007 (Updated 08/04/07) Patients Protest Seizure of Medical Cannabis Dispensary's Funds
Patients and Supporters Rally for Sanctuary City in Berkeley Some 75 medical marijuana supporters rallied at a July 31st Berkeley City Council meeting to protest the LAPD's seizure of the bank account of the Berkeley Patients' Group. The supporters had gathered to urge the City Council to adopt a Sanctuary Resolution similar to one that San Francisco had previously adopted. Local medical cannabis activists spoke about the need to protect patients and providers from federal interference both in Berkeley and across the state. Due to laws related to public notice and the absence of Mayor Tom Bates, a vote to adopt a Sanctuary Resolution was not possible. City Council members assured the patients and their supporters that this issue will be taken up when the City Council reconvenes in September.

The LAPD's action was a follow-up to the recent DEA raids in LA, where the BPG's sister facility, California Patients' Group, was raided. The CPG has reportedly closed, but the BPG is remaining in operation along with another sister facility in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles Patients' Group, whose bank was also account seized. California NORML writes, "Contrary to the report in the Chronicle... the LAPD appears to have acted on its own without DEA in seizing the BPG's assets." At issue now is whether the LAPD will turn the assets over to state or the federal authorities. Ironically, the seizure of these assets deprives California sales tax funds that BPG had been planning to pay to the state Board of Equalization this week. The DEA's medical marijuana raids have cost California millions of dollars in tax revenues and hundreds of paying jobs.

The BPG is one of the oldest and most respected patients' groups in the state, as are its sister clubs in LA and West Hollywood. In addition to providing cannabis, they provide other health and social services to their members. They have played a leadership role in lobbying for safe access to medical marijuana, working with local officials in support of sensible regulations, and encouraging and training other providers in responsible dispensary operation.

Reports from California NORML and Americans for Safe Access | Corporate articles: 1 | 2 | 3

12/11/14 Anti-Police Protests in Berkeley Swell Following Eric Garner Grand Jury Announcement   Police State and Prisons
12/11/14 Students and Community Members Pledge to Act Against UC Tuition Hikes   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
12/11/14 Santa Cruz Police Attempt to Sneak $250K 'Rescue Vehicle' Past Public   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
12/02/14 Mayfair Community Unites Around Issues of Health, Education, Labor, Food Safety   Health, Housing, and Public Services | South Bay
11/30/14 First Independent Media Center Kicked Off on N30 at Seattle WTO Protests in 1999   Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | International
11/30/14 Protests & Disruptions Erupt Nationwide After No Charges in Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism
11/21/14 Students Protest Tuition Increases, Class Size, Fewer Classes, Cuts to Services   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/18/14 Indybay Journalist Assaulted by Leon Panetta's Security; Protesters Banned from Bookstore   Anti-War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/18/14 Santa Cruz Biotechnology Charged Again with Violating Animal Welfare Act   Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia
11/14/14 Rasmea Odeh Conviction Protested Across U.S. by Supporters and Human Rights Activists   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Palestine | Immigrant Rights
11/13/14 Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Shares in Solidarity with Those Being Arrested in Florida   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia