by David Rolland
San Diego CityBEAT, CA
Already steaming mad about the county Board of Supervisors’ decision to sue the state in federal court to overturn the law that allows sick people to use marijuana as medicine, activists who gathered in University Heights Monday night were furious about the raids on pot dispensaries that occurred earlier in the day—and vowing not to back down in the face of what they called federal law-enforcement intimidation.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday led a multi-agency assault on 13 dispensaries in San Diego County, handcuffing whomever was inside the shops and confiscating products, computers and patient records.
Tony Amarine, 32, who runs Utopia, an Ocean Beach dispensary, said the aggressive manner in which heavily armed agents came bursting into his shop made him feel like they must have thought it was al-Qaeda’s headquarters: “Guns to my forehead, handcuffed, down on the ground.” He pulled up a pant leg and revealed a bloody scrape he said he suffered when manhandled. A DEA spokesman didn’t return CityBeat’s call.