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WAMM Sues Federal Government

In response to the September 5 DEA raid of a collective marijuana garden outside Davenport, California, a motion will be filed in Federal Court in San Jose on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 10:00 am, attorneys for the Wo/Man's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) announced. Attorneys Gerald Uelmen and Benjamin Rice and will file a motion to return 130 medicinal marijuana plants along with personal items seized from Mike and Valerie Corral, the founders of the collective. I spoke briefly with Ben Rice as they're about to go to court. 128 kbps 2:41
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In response to the September 5 DEA raid of a collective marijuana garden outside Davenport, California, a motion will be filed in Federal Court in San Jose on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 10:00 am, attorneys for the Wo/Man's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) announced. Attorneys Gerald Uelmen and Benjamin Rice and will file a motion to return 130 medicinal marijuana plants along with personal items seized from Mike and Valerie Corral, the founders of the collective. I spoke briefly with Ben Rice as they're about to go to court. 128 kbps 2:41
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2002
Contact Info: Denis Berry 831 566-0325


MEDICAL MARIJUANA COOPERATIVE SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

In response to the September 5 DEA raid of a collective marijuana garden outside Davenport, California, a motion will be filed in Federal Court in San Jose on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 10:00 am, attorneys for the Wo/Man's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) announced. Attorneys Gerald Uelmen and Benjamin Rice and will file a motion to return 130 medicinal marijuana plants along with personal items seized from Mike and Valerie Corral, the founders of the collective.

WAMM is comprised primarily of terminally ill patients who use the medicine to relieve their suffering and is unique among medical marijuana groups in that it doesn’t charge for the medicine.

Elected officials ranging from Santa Cruz Mayor Christopher Krohn to State Attorney General Bill Lockyer have expressed outrage at the raid. For questions regarding legal issues, please contact Ben Rice at 831 425-0555 or ricelaw (at) cruzio.com.



ed's note** Ben Rice also explained that tomorrow's action is just to file the motion. It could be up to a month beforre any hearing is scheduled.
 
 


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YEAH!!

Yeah!! Don't let em get away with this!

Wow, this seems too good to be true. It's exactly what every victim of the drug war should be doing when no charges are filed - suing for return of their property! I hope they sue for damages too.

Hold the bastards accountable for their actions!

I wonder if this will just force the US District Atty to file some bogus charge just for damage control, only to drop it in 6 months after the plants are all moldy and worthless. They certainly don't dare take this all the way to federal court - no California jury would convict Mike or Valerie.

-Van
 

Weed Gone

Actually Ben Rice said he is quite certain that the plants have already been destroyed, but they are still filing suit to make a statement.
 

WAMM Says: Give Us Back Our Medicine!

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2002/September/24/local/stories/05local.htm

Wo/Men’s seeks return of pot
By BRIAN SEALS
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER
As promised, attorneys for a local medical marijuana cooperative whose garden was raided by federal agents Sept. 5 will be in court today to try to get its pot plants back.
...
The motion will seek the return of at least 130 marijuana plants seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency, as well as personal items belonging to alliance co-founders Mike and Valerie Corral that were taken during the raid, attorneys said. The U.S. Attorneys Office has not filed criminal charges against the Corrals, and has not said whether any are planned.

Rice said he and Uelmen plan to attack the agency’s probable cause for getting a search warrant. He said the affidavit shows that probable cause was based on viewing the alliance’s Web site and on a fly-over of the Davenport property where the garden was located.
...
DEA spokesman Richard Meyer said he could not speak to specifics of the case. But he said the agency would fight returning the marijuana in any case.

"We’re not a marijuana distribution center," Meyer said. "We seize drugs."
...

www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2002/September/24/local/stories/05local.htm
 

Unique and Essential

I am writing from France to say I support Mike and Valerie with the Love of the Universe and the truth of what is right and moral and good. Only love love only only love.

Paul

Project P.E.A.C.E.

paul (at) betweenthedreams.com
projectpeace (at) yahoo.com
 

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