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Protestors to Obama: “Stop Rogue DEA Raids”
(Christopher N. Osher, The Denver Post, February 18, 2010)
An assortment of protest groups have gathered in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant across the street from the venue where President Barack Obama will speak this afternoon. . . . Those holding signs aloft range from medical marijuana advocates to die-hard, law-and-order Republicans. . . . Wearing a "Dont' Tread on Me" T-shirt, Hughes said that Obama is not upholding the constitution because of his push for health-care reforrm and his push for reduction in the nation's carbon footprint. . . . About 20 others joined Hughes to express opposition to Obama's policies. . . . Nearby, about 30 people organized by the group Sensible Colorado, which lobbies for the state's medical marijuana industry, showed up for a different cause. . . . They protested the recent raid and arrest by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration of Chris Bartkowicz, who contends he was growing medical marijuana in Highlands Ranch home. . . . Bartkowicz was charged Tuesday on a drug distribution charge in U.S. District Court and could face up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. . . . Dan Pope, 44, of Longmont said he struggles with muscular dystrophy and found it "appalling" that federal agents were conducting such raids. . . . He noted that Colorado voters approve medical marijuana in 2000, which he says gives him a constitutional right to grow and use it. . . . Also present, separately, were a handful of supporters of Andrew Romanoff's challenge of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, who are displeased Obama is supporting Bennet in the Democratic primary. . . . One held a sign that read, "Andy is dandy so recycle Michael."

posted by Lorenzo 10:29 AM

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