News: Outrage! Maine Patients Raided!

Maine Marijuana Patients Raided!


The way life should be??

Early on the morning of March 30, officers of the Gouldsboro Police Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S Probation Office raided the home of medical marijuana patients Vicki Lynn Barnard and Jeffrey P. Barnard and confiscated their medicine and Mrs. Barnard’s plants.

The officers stated that they were operating under the authority of the U.S. Probation Office — Mr. Barnard is currently under the supervision of a federal parole officer.  However, under a directive issued by Attorney General Eric Holder, federal agencies are not supposed to take enforcement action against people whose actions are protected under their state’s medical marijuana laws.

Mr. Barnard has been a registered medical Marijuana patient since September 25, 2010 and Mrs. Barnard has been a registered medical Marijuana patient since January 25, 2011.

Mrs. Barnard kept the plants she grows for her husband and herself in a locked, secure facility that she alone has access to.   At the time of the raid, she had six mature plants — a number  consistent with the limits established by Maine’s medical marijuana law, and a number of young plants not yet ready for harvest (also permitted under the law.)  She is not under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office.

Police confiscated marijuana belonging to both of the Barnards and the plants belonging to Mrs. Barnard.

Mrs. Barnard said

” My husband voluntarily gave up all the medicine that he had in the house. The officers present, while fully aware that the upstairs grow space was mine, forced me to open the door under threat of breaking it down and then proceeded to take all the plants that I had.  They had no warrant and made no charges against me or my husband.  As of now, I have no medicine and no means to produce more.   My rights have been violated and I wish to seek legal action against those involved in doing so.”

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine is calling on Governor Paul LePage to act immediately by:

— Directing the Department of Public Safety to investigate this incident and return or offer fair compensation for all of the property taken from the Barnards

— Filing formal complaints with the U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. Justice Department regarding this incident

— Issuing an executive order clearly prohibiting any state agency from participating in the arrest or seizure of the property of patients, caregivers, and dispensaries engaged in actions protected under the medical marijuana laws of the State of Maine

— Giving his full public support to LD 1296 — “An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy”

Please call the Governor TODAY and ask that he take these actions — 207-287-3531