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Laura Duffy is moving forward with her crusade to wipe out medical marijuana dispensaries in Southern California. The U.S. Attorney has threatened the owner of the building that houses the Mother Earth Cooperative in El Cajon with stiff fines, or confiscation of the property, if the dispensary does not shut its doors by tomorrow.

But dispensary owners, patients, and medical marijuana advocates are not backing down from the fight.

Today, at the steps of the federal courthouse in Downtown San Diego, those representatives said they plan to challenge the action in court if the letter is not rescinded.

"We will take it all way to the supreme court if necessary, says co-op spokesperson, Bob Riedel. "Mother Earth is the only licensed co-op in Southern California. We receive patients from all the major hospitals.

"Duffy is going after the landlord but this fight isn't between the feds and our landlord, this fight is between the State of California and the Federal Government."

Even some members of congress are asking Duffy to back down. In a letter to Duffy, congressman, and San Diego mayoral candidate, Bob Filner, called Duffy's letter to the landlord "a form of unwarranted intimidation."

"The Co-op operates under a strict county ordinance that mandates that the facility is inspected monthly by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and according to these inspection reports, all parties have followed the letter of law.

If the My Mother Earth Co-op Was to be shut down, thirteen employees would lose their jobs and 2300 members of the Co-op would lose access to their legal source of marijuana. The My Mother Earth Co-op is the only licensed facility in all of San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. This means it is the only facility able to serve the patients referred by physicians from these counties," wrote Filner.

But without a stay of action from an appellate judge there isn't anything for the cooperative to do but shut its doors.

If that doesn't come today, says Riedel, members will spend tomorrow removing all the marijuana from the facility and lock the doors until the judge issues a ruling.

"What will the patients have to do? Well, chances are they will have to go back to the streets to get their medication from drug dealers."

Riedel says he expects the judge to issue a ruling in the next couple of days.

Read Bob Filner's letter here:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2012/jul/23/bob-filners-letter-laura-duffy/

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Comments

knowa1 July 24, 2012 @ 9:05 a.m.

I think a BED BUG might be in order

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jnojr July 23, 2012 @ 5:16 p.m.

Don't forget that both Republicans and Democrats are in favor of this continued, failed war against freedom and certain plants. If you really, honestly want to see reform; try voting Libertarian.

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stv1wht July 23, 2012 @ 7:01 p.m.

Stop spending my taxpayer money on the failed policy of the war on drugs. Laura Duffy is an embarrassment to the human race. Laura Duffy needs get a new job with a little less responsibility like maybe handing out parking tickets.

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TheKindGardenersCollective July 24, 2012 @ 6:48 a.m.

Please come out to a Rally this Wednesday, June 25 at the Dispensary: Call for details- (619) 749-5600

8157 Wing Ave (between Denny Way & Airport Dr) El Cajon, CA 92020 (619) 749-5600

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dwbat July 24, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.

Once again Rep. Filner demonstrates that he has a pair! Hopefully he will become our next mayor, as Carl's (junior) ideas and whiny rants are not what we need for the City. As for Duffy, she appears to be quite ambitious, and trying to prove something.

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JonBon July 24, 2012 @ 6:18 p.m.

I always laugh when a pot shop profiteer says their customers will "go back to the streets", as their pot shop is being shut down. What they are really concerned about is their profit loss. No government, court or law enforcement entity has taken away a TRUE pot care-giver relationship. It’s a myth the pro-pot advocates and their lobbyists have created, that if you can’t buy pot while picking up some groceries, you’re only resort is the black market. Follow the true care-giver relationship law; selling pot out of a storefront is NOT the law.

‘Medical marijuana’ is a cheeky marketing ploy created by the pro-pot lobby to down play its negative effects on the body and bolster the lie that it’s harmless. There has never been, nor ever will be an approved medicine that is smoked. This is the 21st century, we understand how inhaling smoke into our lungs can’t be healthy. It’s one thing if an adult wants to make an unwise decision to smoke marijuana, but to have the pro-pot lobby bombard us, especially naïve young people, with false claims that marijuana is harmless is dangerous and appalling.

MARIJUANA DOES CAUSE CANCER – FACT: The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California Environmental Protection Agency added marijuana smoke to the Proposition 65 list effective June 19, 2009. Marijuana smoke was considered by the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) of the OEHHA Science Advisory Board at a public meeting held on May 29, 2009. The CIC determined that marijuana smoke was clearly shown, through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principals, to cause cancer.

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Ponzi July 25, 2012 @ 7:25 a.m.

FACT: Millions of things cause cancer. If you are so concerned about cancer, why not concentrate your efforts on what we already know? Cigarettes. Why are you not pontificating about that? Your red herring is not convincing.

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dwbat July 24, 2012 @ 7:07 p.m.

I always laugh when those who pontificate and try to impress, often have trouble with spelling. "...you're only resort..." should be: your only resort. "...true care-giver..." should be: true caregiver. "...generally accepted principals..." should be: generally accepted principles.

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Dahlhouse July 25, 2012 @ 8:21 a.m.

I have 3 family members with MS, cared for my husband after his diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer and have 6 friends and family members who have been widowed due to cancer since the Cedar Fires in 03. The medical marijuana aids the MS patients with control of their symptoms immensely and helps chemo patients with appetite and nausea symptoms. For those worried about cancer from carcinogens, they can rest easy in the knowledge that symptom relief was gained by incorporating the marijuana into cookies. With all of the possible side affects from chemical pharmaceuticals like OxyContin, OxyCodone, morphine and so on, including addiction, overdose and possible deadly interactions with other medications, it still amazes me that medical marijuana is still being contested.

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TheKindGardenersCollective July 26, 2012 @ 7:08 a.m.

I'm just saying...

If Voters choose Gary Johnson for President in November, the 'Drug War' will be over, and Ms. Duffy will be on the street looking for work.

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