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News Release
September 3, 2004

DEA Serves Federal Search Warrants at a Marijuana Distribution Center in Roseville, CA and at a Residence in Newcastle, CA

SEPT 10--Today, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Sacramento District Office announced it served Federal search warrants at a marijuana distribution center known as “Capitol compassionate Care” in Roseville and an associated residence in Newcastle, CA. This investigation is ongoing and no arrests were made at this time.

Gordon Taylor, Agent in Charge of DEA’s Sacramento Office, said, “There is a widespread misperception that most people who use marijuana for claimed medical purposes are seriously or terminally ill. It is becoming increasingly apparent that many people who use marijuana legalization laws are doing so simply to justify their chronic use of marijuana.”

The DEA and a large segment of the medical and scientific communities view marijuana as a dangerous drug. Unfortunately, there are many people who believe that marijuana is harmless. Information from tests and studies suggest otherwise.

On average, the marijuana today is at least five times as potent as it was in the 1970’s. More and more people who use marijuana today are developing a dependency on the drug. Recent studies have shown that more teenagers enter drug treatment centers for marijuana dependency than for alcohol and all other illegal drugs combined. In addition, marijuana related emergency room visits for teenagers more than tripled between 1994 and 2001. These statistics briefly demonstrate the dangers associated with marijuana use.

Today’s enforcement action was led by the DEA in coordination with the Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

For additional information, please contact Gordon Taylor at the Sacramento DEA office, (916) 480-7100.


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