Photos: DEA Raids Downtown Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Photos: DEA Raids Downtown Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Photo by Sam Hodgson

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration remove boxes of evidence from the One on One Patients Association on Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego.

 

Drug Enforcement Administration agents hauled out boxes of evidence through a smashed-out front door as medical marijuana advocates shouted at them in protest Tuesday during a raid on the One on One Patient Association.

Here are some images I took from the raid.

Sheriff’s deputies stand guard outside the One on One Patients Association on Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego.

 

A protester arrives outside the One on One Patients Association on Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego.

 

A sheriff’s deputy carries a bag of cash while another stands guard.

 

A sheriff’s deputy carries police tape outside the One on One Patients Association.

 

A protester rallies outside the One on One Patients Association.

 

A sheriff’s deputy tells medical marijuana activist Eugene Davidovich to step back.

 

A sheriff’s deputy tells medical marijuana activist Eugene Davidovich to step back.

 

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent brings a stack of evidence boxes into the One on One Patients Association.

 

A DEA agent removes boxes of evidence.

 

A DEA agent removes boxes of evidence.

 

Officials removed stacks of boxes that included files from the One on One Patients Association on Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego.

 

Medical marijuana activist Eugene Davidovich stands in the way of a DEA agent carrying a box of evidence.

 

Employees of the One on One Patients Association on Sixth Avenue in downtown San Diego stand outside the facility after law enforcement officials left the premises.

 

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out his work on his website.

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Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com and check out his work on his website: http://www.samhodgsonphotography.com/singles.

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Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin

DOJ Won’t File Suit Against State Marijuana Laws. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/doj-wont-file-suit-against-state-marijuana-laws/DOJ Won't File Suit Against State Marijuana Lawshttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/doj-wont-file-suit-against-state-marijuana-laws/The Justice Department won't take legal action against states that have approved recreational marijuana use, primarily because the government has only so much money in the pot, according to a Justice Department official. Ever since Colorado and Washi...

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin subscribermember

DOJ Won’t File Suit Against State Marijuana Laws. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/doj-wont-file-suit-against-state-marijuana-laws/DOJ Won't File Suit Against State Marijuana Lawshttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/doj-wont-file-suit-against-state-marijuana-laws/The Justice Department won't take legal action against states that have approved recreational marijuana use, primarily because the government has only so much money in the pot, according to a Justice Department official. Ever since Colorado and Washi...

David Danciu
David Danciu subscribermember

Thank you VOSD for the terrific photos. There was very little coverage from the "other" media outlets. My view has always been that marijuana is not illegal because it is bad, it is bad because it is illegal. If it wasn't for the powerful distillers in the early 20th century, we would have pot as the drug of choice to relax and enjoy after work. Olin Hyde has it exactly correct, it has become an industry much like the military weapons manufacturers to process those they capture and ruin lives. Think of all the innocents that get killed by drunk drivers; think of all the broken families, careers, etc. that might be avoided not to mention the thousands of people killed in Mexico. What a huge travesty and waste of resources.

Woodchuck
Woodchuck

Thank you VOSD for the terrific photos. There was very little coverage from the "other" media outlets. My view has always been that marijuana is not illegal because it is bad, it is bad because it is illegal. If it wasn't for the powerful distillers in the early 20th century, we would have pot as the drug of choice to relax and enjoy after work. Olin Hyde has it exactly correct, it has become an industry much like the military weapons manufacturers to process those they capture and ruin lives. Think of all the innocents that get killed by drunk drivers; think of all the broken families, careers, etc. that might be avoided not to mention the thousands of people killed in Mexico. What a huge travesty and waste of resources.

Jon Sullivan
Jon Sullivan subscriber

Imler also said, “When we wrote Proposition 215, we were selling it to the public as something for seriously ill people... It’s turned into a joke. I think a lot of people have medicalized their recreational use.”- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, February 15, 2007. About a year ago a San Diego leader in the pot industry Craig Beresh said in the San Diego Reader, “The collective directors or owners, whatever you want to call them, they’re not fighting for patients’ rights, they’re fighting for profits. Mr. Beresh’s comments were directed to a group of San Diego pot shop owners trying to get cities to allow them to operate, which they ultimately lost at.

Sully
Sully

Imler also said, “When we wrote Proposition 215, we were selling it to the public as something for seriously ill people... It’s turned into a joke. I think a lot of people have medicalized their recreational use.”- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, February 15, 2007. About a year ago a San Diego leader in the pot industry Craig Beresh said in the San Diego Reader, “The collective directors or owners, whatever you want to call them, they’re not fighting for patients’ rights, they’re fighting for profits. Mr. Beresh’s comments were directed to a group of San Diego pot shop owners trying to get cities to allow them to operate, which they ultimately lost at.

Olin Hyde
Olin Hyde subscribermember

The Federal Government's drug policy is nothing more than a jobs program sponsored by the prison-industrial complex. The best long-term solution would be to tax drugs to pay for their cost to society. Instead, we add the costs of enforcing the impossible on top of costs of using harmful drugs.

olinhyde
olinhyde

The Federal Government's drug policy is nothing more than a jobs program sponsored by the prison-industrial complex. The best long-term solution would be to tax drugs to pay for their cost to society. Instead, we add the costs of enforcing the impossible on top of costs of using harmful drugs.

richard brick
richard brick subscribermember

I'm pretty sure you are still in favor of prohibition on alcohol.You remember, they even passed an amendment to the Constitution banning manufacture and sale of alcohol. Which in turn gave rise to the gangster era, Al Capone, etc., then the powers that be saw the light and said wait, we can regulate and tax alcohol, take the profit out of it, and the gangsters had to move on to the next illegal activities that the public wanted, like gambling and drugs. So lets continue to chase our tail.

zollner
zollner

I'm pretty sure you are still in favor of prohibition on alcohol.You remember, they even passed an amendment to the Constitution banning manufacture and sale of alcohol. Which in turn gave rise to the gangster era, Al Capone, etc., then the powers that be saw the light and said wait, we can regulate and tax alcohol, take the profit out of it, and the gangsters had to move on to the next illegal activities that the public wanted, like gambling and drugs. So lets continue to chase our tail.

Bill Paul
Bill Paul subscriber

We must be living in a police state since these law enforcement criminals need to wear masks to forcefully rob innocent people of their medicine and destroy their lives in direct violation of the public will. They should all be named and shamed for kissing up to the feds in direct conflict with state law public opinion. How absolutely awful and embarrassing to San Diego (and humanity in general) these thugs are.

SirVivor
SirVivor

We must be living in a police state since these law enforcement criminals need to wear masks to forcefully rob innocent people of their medicine and destroy their lives in direct violation of the public will. They should all be named and shamed for kissing up to the feds in direct conflict with state law public opinion. How absolutely awful and embarrassing to San Diego (and humanity in general) these thugs are.

Robert Clark
Robert Clark subscriber

I'm glad that some law enforcement has the stones to stop the selling of illegal drugs. Clearly the city of San Diego does not and just perpetuates the problem. Mayor Filner I voted for you but disagree with you on this matter. Please reconsider your position on this issue. Getting involved in the drug trade is not and should not be the concern of this city. I got a pot holes that still need to be filled.

Black and White
Black and White

I'm glad that some law enforcement has the stones to stop the selling of illegal drugs. Clearly the city of San Diego does not and just perpetuates the problem. Mayor Filner I voted for you but disagree with you on this matter. Please reconsider your position on this issue. Getting involved in the drug trade is not and should not be the concern of this city. I got a pot holes that still need to be filled.