Valerie Corral – 2
illness, we struggle to find a path in this life that leads us through it in a way that tastes of it’s harmony–not in the life I live alone, but in everywhere I walk. So I don’t live with that government. I live in a land that gives me all, and that provides an opportunity for me to share that, and give witness to that, and observe it in other people. So the more freedom that we have, the more freedom we must protect. We must observe the importance of protecting it. What we’re really talking about is obviously more than about marijuana. What does it free us up to do? It frees up our muscles and it frees up our pain. It frees up the epilepsy and the glaucoma. It could reduce the nausea. And ultimately it will free our minds and our hearts. But I think this government is terrified of any other power, and that’s why we needn’t let it rest with them, or in their hands.
David: Can you tell me about the DEA raid?
Valerie: Early in the morning on September 5, 2002, my husband and I were awakened by the sound of approaching vehicles. With no warning, 20 to 30 armed DEA agents broke into our home with terrifying and overwhelming force. These agents were comprised of San Jose police officers, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office officers, and others from unidentified jurisdictions. Yelling, with guns drawn, they