Aug 222013
 August 22, 2013

stop dea raids medical marijuana michiganThree raids confirmed in Detroit, one in Warren;  Ann Arbor raid follows Walled Lake and Ypsilanti federal actions

For the third time in three weeks, DEA agents have executed a state-issued warrant and raided a Michigan medical marijuana dispensary. In a seemingly unrelated series of actions, Detroit area dispensaries have seen at least four raids on distribution centers within the past week- including one in the city of Warren.

People’s Choice in Ann Arbor was raided on Tuesday, August 20. Special Agent Rich Isaacson of the DEA confirmed to media that his federal agents had executed a state-issued warrant on the facility. Insiders say that there were no arrests made; People’s Choice announced via social media that they would remain closed until further notice.

One of nine facilities allowed to operate within the city but without an ordinance protecting them, People’s Choice is also a member of the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild. The Guild is one of Michigan’s most powerful cannabis business groups. Ann Arbor is internationally famous for their permissive attitude regarding marijuana: the city is the site of the annual Hash Bash celebration, they pioneered the $5 fine for marijuana possession in the 1970-s and that decriminalization model has been duplicated elsewhere.

On July 30, DEA agents raided a licensed medical marijuana facility in Ypsilanti and, two days later, raided a distribution center in Walled Lake. Agent Isaacson confirmed that all three raids consisted of federal agents executing a warrant issued by state judges. None of the search warrants used in the three raids have been made available to attorneys representing those facilities, making definitive proof of this impossible to attain.

In Detroit, officers raided Green Cross and Chronic Releaf on 8 Mile Road; Shake and Bake on Schaefer Highway near 7 Mile Road; and Relief Choices, a clinic in Warren. In the Green Cross raid, state police and agents of the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were reported to be involved. The other three raids were conducted by Detroit police officers. Additional raids in the city have been rumored but are difficult to confirm.

In the Detroit Police Department (DPD) raids an unusual pattern has emerged, one of a quick entry and a quick exit. Officers are snatching marijuana and money but making no arrests, forfeiting no automobiles and usually leaving no official documents to prove they were ever there. A warrant was reportedly left with the Warren raid at Relief Choices but a copy of that document was not available for review.

In one of the DPD raids, officers arrived in a dilapidated mini van and a blacked-out SUV bearing no lights nor official markings. These ‘smash and grab’ raids seem to end when the easy money is found or when business employees produce cameras and start taking pictures.

Journalist and host of WFNT’s radio program, “The Political Twist Up Show” (PTU), Steve Greene, contacted the DPD. They refused comment on the raids. Greene said, “I called the Warren police department and they seemed to have no idea the raid had even taken place.”

National cannabis rights organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has a Michigan chapter and they issued a raid alert in response to the action in Ann Arbor. Michigan has a robust cannabis community and an active media presence; interviews and more details about the raids will be discussed on the Planet Green Trees Internet broadcast and the PTU broadcast on both the Internet and on real radio.

In Ypsilanti, one local police officer who was observing the federal raid brought city officials to the building to observe and document a code violation: an ashtray in a back room containing what appeared to be two partially-burned marijuana joints. The alleged cannabis cigarettes were never taken by the various police agencies involved; they were never tested and the only real evidence available is a single photo. Consuming cannabis on site is a violation of the facility’s business license and, after a shocking attempt at revoking that license, the business owners have accepted a 60-day suspension of operation as a penalty.

The use of DEA agents to serve state-issued warrants is of a particular concern to Michigan’s licensed and registered patient base of over 130,000 citizens. 1.6% of all adults in Michigan are registered as patients in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program. In Ypsilanti, city officials cooperated with the raid team while in Walled Lake, local officers refused to assist federal agents; the DEA reportedly pulled in police from surrounding communities to provide support during the raid.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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  • joe voll

    great. Give over the marijuana market to the gangs!

    • Dave_Mowers

      The Lord Jesus wants you to suffer to obtain your Devil-weed! Go buy your darkness-bringer from a messenger of evil on the streets waiving his sign.

      Hallelujah!

      • Bob vance

        jesus and all his buddies got high.

        • Dave_Mowers

          Quote the scripture please dude!

      • Cuda

        What do you think the “Burning Bush” was dumb ass?

        • Dave_Mowers

          The Lord speaks to man through fire as in the “fire-script” of the Hebrew language. G-d does not reveal himself to stoners when they are high on drugs. In fact, persons who use drugs have the Lord’s wisdom hidden from their minds. It is exactly the opposite of what you mean to say.

  • theskeptic2

    Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime…to those that are REAL crimes.

    I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida…charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute
    12,000 pounds of marijuana.

    As the 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going…while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow ‘drug offenders,’…we stayed
    for years.

    I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved…there were no victims.

    We were Americans…doing what Americans do best…living free.

    The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank

    I would be honored by your review.

  • firetheliberals

    Proof that eric holder is full of hot air. Two days after promoting less enforcement, his DEA is out use the federal power of intimidation. Until michigan legalizes cannabis this will continue. As I am from a state that has legalized cannabis, the local cops stop enforcing useless prohibition. However, the DEA still spent 12million to surveil and ultimately raid 3 mmj clinics.
    This madnesd must stop. Smoke more c annabis, support your dispensaries. Our money and our masses are the only way to gain liberty

    • Neal Feldman

      Holder is full of hot air and Obummer the Great Betrayer is a lying sack of manure and nothing but a shill for the megacorps.

  • Pat Cowdin

    Are these really law enforcement officers? It sounds more like armed robbery than official business to me.

    • Neal Feldman

      Because that is what it is.

  • brfd532

    Around 68% think medical mj should be legal, so IMO I think it’s about time for congress to do something and protect the wishes of this huge majority.

    • Neal Feldman

      Correction, polls I’ve seen showed 85% support for MMJ, not just 68%.

  • Mark Flanagan

    local police need to start arresting the dea agents and leaving them in jail on charges of terrorism. make them go to trial and see if the jurors think they are “just doing there job”.

  • Jojo

    I just got raided for 100 grams and intent. My first offense of any kind at all and I’m being told I may get 2 years in jail for it. For less then 4 oz. Illinois sucks.

    • Mcnugget

      That sucks, was it repackaged for resale? If thats not the case but you had scales, with a good lawyer you could get the intent charge dismissed, the state must have reasonable proof for a intent conviction. Having any priors will make it tough to get fair treatment. Since this is your first offense you qualify for 1st offender treatment, if you go with a plea bargain to reduce your charge you might get off with just a fine and community service and probation, avoid going the drug court route it will drive you crazy. Find a attorney that has been working in the area where your trial will be for many years, the reason being is that he knows the Da the prosicutors and the judges in that court system. Even though they work on different sides they are co workers and have a working relationship. He has more pull than an outside lawyer does. Also your medical marijuana card and condition show the need for having that much in your possession. I got caught mailing 8 1/2 pounds from cali to the south when I now live. Because of the 1st offender law and my medical condition and mmj card I got a 1000 dollar fine 240 hours of community service and 5 years probation.

      Good luck! I am pulling for you

  • Neal Feldman

    raids in the land of Fascist Michigan and UberFuhrer Snyder.

  • medcannabis1

    The prohibitionists will not go away quietly..They have fed off the fear and loathing they cause with their Gestapo tactics..
    Prohibition is a crime against the sick and dying…ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO SUPPORTS CANNABIS PROHIBITION IS UNWORTHY OF ELECTED OFFICE!

  • oldman

    This sounds more like an armed robbery than a raid

    • Dave_K

      When they enter wearing masks and break doors down to shoot pets and people with military weapons I really am not sure how you can tell the difference. All of these places should have video systems that copy those files to internet addresses so that others can see the thieves in action. I don’t think that the American public would support their actions if they were aware of what they do.

  • michael

    legealize it for everyone to grow thay will eventuly quit trying thay caint bust every body.thay wont have many paying taxesto keep them afloat.

  • Gman

    I Live in Southern Cali If you need some DANK “Jack Herer”, “Northern Lights”,”Blue Dream”, OG Kush”, Alien OG” Sour D etc… email me Nfvv@ymail.com and maybe ill give you my number

  • Pan Piper

    it’s time for “jury nullification”
    if you’re a juror on any cannabis trial, just say “innocent”.
    it’s your legal right to refuse to convict someone you believe is innocent

  • Americant

    Oh god dammit! No wonder I haven’t been able to get any meds this week; the DPD robbed my dispensary!

  • Ben Emery

    “Police officer” is no longer an accurate description, they are revenue collectors, nothing more, nothing less, if you brutalize a few innocent people on the side, great, but your main duty is to steal money for the government

  • Naye

    Can’t beat them so steal from them. DPD is a joker
    No one takes you and your 1hr response times to serious calls. Half the force is crooked. The people have spoken…find a new battle to fight you lost. I can drive to 10 store all within 15 mins of me and get what I want. POPO stop waisting your time and focus
    on making your community better.

  • Naye

    Can’t beat them so steal from them. DPD is a joker
    No one takes you and your 1hr response times to serious calls. Half the force is crooked. The people have spoken…find a new battle to fight you lost. I can drive to 10 store all within 15 mins of me and get what I want. POPO stop waisting your time and focus
    on making your community better.

  • Dave_K

    You would not think that the Detroit Police would support the actions of those that are clearly racist in the enforcement of these laws. Blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana than are whites even though whites and blacks smoke marijuana at about the same rates. But then, I guess nobody cares about those kinds of things anymore.

  • Barbara Harding

    The social security disability doctor i was sent to suggested i get off all my meds and use marijuana. He said it would help me more than any synthetic drug.