Yesterday we told you about a rally being held this Thursday, October 4th by medical marijuana advocates in Los Angeles to protest the continuation of the federal medical marijuana crackdown. We now have more details about the rally, courtesy of a press release from a coalition of patients, caregivers and advocates.

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 please join Medical Cannabis Patients, Americans for Safe Access, the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance, the UFCW Local 770 and other allies for a protest in front of the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Medical Cannabis Patients and their advocacy groups want to let the federal government know that they are unhappy with the escalation in federal pressure in Los Angeles – including renewed raids, confiscating property, and other intimidation.

The lively but peaceful protest will start at 1:30 PM in front of the Federal Building located at 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

What: Rally to Protest Cannabis Raids and other Federal Intimidation
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 1:30 P.M. (local time)
Place: Edward Roybal Federal Building
255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Attached to the press release was a “white paper” written by Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA, yet another dispensary under federal attack. “The DOJ should immediately freeze all enforcement actions against medical cannabis targets,” he writes, “until DOJ can conduct a high level review of those actions, to determine that they are consistent with administration policy as stated by AG Holder and the President, i.e. to target only those providers that are in violation of state medical cannabis laws.”

I doubt a review will be forthcoming, but it is important that officials in the federal government are made aware of exactly how millions of patients (voters) feel about the crackdown. If anything, the crackdown actually seems to be increasing in ferocity and aggressiveness as we near the Presidential election. Does Barack Obama’s campaign really think the crackdown is helping him among voters?

– Joe Klare

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