Newsbrief: Santa Cruz Deputizes Medical Marijuana Providers 12/13/02

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Valerie and Mike Corral, operators of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (http://wamm.org), raided by the DEA in September, have been deputized by the city of Santa Cruz. The city council, which had previously rallied to WAMM's cause by making City Hall available for a medical marijuana protest giveaway, voted unanimously on Tuesday to give the couple the "authority to cultivate, distribute and possess medical marijuana."

Attorney Ben Rice, who represents the couple, told the San Jose Mercury News that the "deputy" status allows the Corrals to carry a controlled substance because they are enforcing local drug laws -- in this case, the city of Santa Cruz's ordinance regulating the way medicinal marijuana can be distributed.

The DEA is not amused. "No one in the United States is allowed to distribute illegal drugs -- period," Richard Meyer, a DEA spokesman, said after the council's vote. Santa Cruz joins San Francisco and Oakland among California cities that have deputized medical marijuana providers, Valerie Corral told the Mercury-News. And although the move is largely symbolic, it is yet another pot shot across the bow of the DEA.

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