US DEA special agent Richard Meyer of the San Francisco field office stated in Alternet News on Apr. 16, 2002:

“The marijuana clubs are not our primary priority; we could, but we have not, targeted them for investigations.

We have heard people in the community saying that many traffickers are using [the cannabis clubs] as a smoke screen to engage in this business for profit and are not concerned with the sick.

Any cultivation, possession, and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law. It is our job is to enforce those laws and we will.”

Apr. 16, 2002