DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Providers Part of New Probe


Medical-marijuana users rallied Wednesday outside the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration building in downtown Riverside to protest the agency’s recent raids on 13 Southern California marijuana dispensaries. Federal agents seized large quantities of marijuana, records and small amounts of psychedelic mushrooms and hashish from the San Diego-area dispensaries on Monday, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

Misha Piastro, a DEA special agent in San Diego, called Monday’s sweep a part of one of the administration’s most comprehensive investigations in California history. He said the investigation is in its infancy. “In many cases, we sent in undercover agents who purchased marijuana without providing documentation of any sort,” Piastro said. “This was drug trafficking.”


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