After a very tough Year 2007 – nearly 50 raids in Southern California on
patients and collectives – it ended on a fairly positive note.
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers, Jr.,
provided a statement that was read by Nancy Pelosi’s district aid during
an emergency press conference coordinated by Axis of Love San Francisco
and PAN in San Francisco on December 7, 2007. The emergency – the DEA
announced on December 5, 2007, that every landlord renting to a dispensary
in Northern California was on notice and would be receiving the well-known
Congressman Conyers stated, “I am deeply concerned about recent reports
that the Drug Enforcement Administration is threatening private landlords
with asset forfeiture and possible imprisonment if they refuse to evict
organizations legally dispensing medical marijuana to suffering patients.
The Committee has already questioned the DEA about its efforts to
undermine California state law on this subject and we intend to sharply
question this specific tactic as part of our oversight efforts.”
PAN and other local advocacy groups like Axis of Love worked tirelessly
last year to get some movement in Congress. The message from Conyers’
office is welcome but only the beginning. Hearings still need to be
Please send Congressman Conyers a thank-you for his comments on December
7, 2007, and encourage him to move forward with the committee’s oversight
of the DEA on this issue.
(202) 225-0072 FAX
If you are a constituent of any of the other members of the House
Judiciary Committee, please consider contacting him/her as well to urge
them to move forward on this issue as well. Now that we have their
attention on this matter, let’s keep things moving.
Until cannabis is safe and legal and all the prisoners are free –