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What People Are Saying About the WAMM Raid

Quotes from Santa Cruz county officials on the WAMM raid.

What people are saying:

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Mardi Wormhoudt called the DEA’s actions “absolutely appalling” and praised WAMM as an “extremely responsible collective; they have operated in a way that has been exemplary.”

With Sept. 11 so near, "it is not reassuring to me to know that federal agents, instead of concentrating on issues of national security, are running around the mountains of Santa Cruz County disrupting the work of people who provide a valuable medical resource to the community," she added


U.S. Rep. Sam Farr said the DEA should focus on more pressing woes, calling Thursday’s action "outrageous." "With all the difficult problems the world faces, I find it hard to believe the DEA should further punish sick people, most of whom are terminally ill, by arresting them and carting them off to jail," Farr said in a statement. "This is truly outrageous."


"The DEA under the Bush administration has made it perfectly clear that they don't care about the will of California voters, who think medical marijuana should be available for people whose doctors believe they would benefit from it," Attorney General Bill Lockyer's spokeswoman Hallye Jordan said Thursday.


Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Kim Allen said the DEA never told his department about the raid. Deputies went there after the fact only to keep the peace between protesters and DEA agents, he said: "Our concern is to make sure nobody gets hurt."

The department has a marijuana enforcement team targeting illegal trafficking, Allen said, but meets regularly with the Corrals and had deemed WAMM in compliance with -- and protected by -- state law

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