Beware of Protection from the DEA

The Missoulian reports on the case of a woman who committed suicide due to being unable to cope with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder. She had received relief of her pain in the past with marijuana and believed that she would have access to medical marijuana based upon state law but found that this did not prevent the DEA from continuing raids:

She was a high-profile campaigner for the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, and like others, she was dismayed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that drug agents could still arrest sick people using marijuana, even in states that legalized its use.

The ruling came to haunt Prosser in late March, when DEA agents seized less than a half ounce of marijuana sent to her by her registered caregiver in Flathead County.

At the time, the DEA special agent in charge of the Rocky Mountain Field Division said federal agents were “protecting people from their own state laws” by seizing such shipments.

The DEA sure did a find job of “protecting” this woman.

All of the candidates for the Democratic nomination have made statements opposing the raids, although Joe Biden’s was fairly weak. All of the Republican candidates support continuation of the current policy with the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo.

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    Alexia for Ron Paul says:

    And John McCain claims he has never heard of such a thing! No sick people are being arrested according to him.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Interesting if McCain actually said that. In researching this post I found quotes from all the candidates on this, but did not actually see the one you mention. Obviously I did not see everything McCain said on this and you might be right, but considering the erroneous information you present in the comments to another post with criticism of Ron Paul I would need to see a link to believe this.

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