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The Sonoma County, CA, city of Sebastopol wants the DEA to stop interfering with medical marijuana. It took action to achieve that goal Tuesday, when the city council passed a resolution making it police department policy not to report such cases to the DEA and affirming the city's support of patients and providers operating under the state's medical marijuana law. Under Sonoma County medical marijuana guidelines, patients or their caregivers can grow up to 99 plants per year in a 100 square foot space.

The Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana, which worked with local officials to craft the guidelines, presented the resolution to the council in response to DEA raids against patients and providers. "The patients need the kind of protection from local officials we got here tonight," spokesman Ernest "Doc" Knapp told the Ontario Daily Observer after the vote. "It's the first line of defense from an oppressive federal government that is just out of line."

"Simply, what this is doing is affirming our support for California law," said Councilman Larry Robinson during debate on the resolution. It passed 3-1, with the sole dissenting member saying he was concerned the resolution would "send the wrong message" about the non-medicinal use of marijuana. A spokesman for the Sebastopol Police Department told the newspaper the department is obligated to follow the policies the council sets.

The council also passed a resolution supporting H.R. 2592, the "States' Right To Medical Marijuana Act," which would reduce marijuana's federal drug classification from Schedule I to Schedule II, and allow states to administer their own medical marijuana laws without interference from the federal government.

Sebastopol joins a growing roster of California municipalities that have acted in opposition to the Bush administration's heavy-handed attempts to quash the medical marijuana movement in the state. San Jose police no longer cooperate with the DEA on marijuana cases, Santa Cruz officials attended a medical marijuana giveaway, and San Francisco voters, poking a collective thumb in Attorney General John Ashcroft's eye, ordered their city fathers to explore city-grown medical marijuana.

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