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Tue Dec 20 2005
Community Gathers to Defend Hope Net from DEA Agents
DEA Raid on SF Medical Marijuana Dispensary Met with Protest, Press Conference
There will be a protest against this raid on Friday, December 23rd at 12pm at the Federal Courthouse in Sacramento.

On December 22nd, Hope Net reported that it had been burglarized and that a few items had been stolen. imc_photo.gif Report and photos
Dec 20th, 2005: At 6:30 AM, DEA agents raided the house of the directors of Steve and Cathy Smith, the directors of the HopeNet medical marijuana dispensary. 122 plants were confiscated but there were no arrests. Later in the morning DEA vans parked in front of the dispensary itself, awaiting a search warrant. As the DEA waited, over 75 patients rallied in front of HopeNet. A press conference was held at 1:00pm, with speakers from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Hopenet Cooperative, Americans for Safe Access, and the San Francisco Patients' Union. Sup. Chris Daly addressed the crowd, remarking that HopeNet was one of the most highly regarded dispensaries in the city.
Press conference imc_photo.gif Photos | Report

DEA agents returned after dark and ransacked the HopeNet dispensary: Report

Hope Net is a highly regarded 1000-member collective that provides free medicine to over 40 seriously ill low-income patients on an ongoing basis. Hope Net supporters are asking for patients, caregivers, and supporters who do not have any outstanding warrants to don raingear and show up at Ninth and Howard Streets to act as witnesses to the raid.

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