Pubdate: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Michael Geci, M.D. BLACK-CLAD FEDERAL AGENTS ARE THE SCOURGE, NOT POT The D.E.A. swept into Montana Monday and raided numerous medical cannabis facilities across the state, all while the Senate Judiciary committee debated and voted on whether to proceed with repeal of MT 148. Whether you are for or against medical cannabis as a viable medical option for patients, the fact that the federal government came into the state and terrorized Montanans, none of whom were arrested, should be chilling to all of us. Just last month, Attorney General Holder was in Missoula and reaffirmed the Ogden memo which diverted federal drug policy action away from legally operating cannabis operations in legal states. The warrants were sealed and so no one knows why these facilities were raided. Montanans deserve to know why these facilities were raided. Medical cannabis in Montana has helped thousands of patients. The abuses that have occurred over the past two years can be remedied with appropriate legislation and clearly defined rules. This is clearly a state issue, and federal involvement is completely inappropriate. I urge all of you to call or write your local, state and federal representatives to voice your concern over this aggressive federal action in our state. If marijuana is a scourge, what adjective describes the army of federal agents in black riot gear yielding guns? Michael Geci, M.D. Bozeman - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.