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DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Denver

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dea denver medical marijuana raidsBy Phillip Smith

DEA and IRS agents backed up by Denver and other state and local law enforcement raided a number of Denver area medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations Thursday. The US Attorney for Colorado’s office confirmed the raids were taking place.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, the Denver Police Department and state and local law enforcement are today executing lawfully obtained search warrants and seizure warrants,” said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the US Attorney for Colorado’s office in a Thursday statement[Editor’s Note: The statement now seems to have vanished; it was no longer available online as of 2 p.m. Mountain time.]

“Although we cannot at this time discuss the substance of this pending investigation, the operation under way today comports with the Department’s recent guidance regarding marijuana enforcement matters,” Dorschner added. “As this is an on-going investigation, no additional information will be made available,” he said.

Dorschner was referring to an August 29 Justice Department memorandum to federal prosecutors that said the Obama administration would not interfere with marijuana legalization provided certain boundaries were not crossed. US Attorney for Colorado John Walsh laid them out in his own statementthat same day.

“Of particular concern to the US Attorney’s Office are cases involving marijuana trafficking directly or indirectly to children and young people; trafficking that involves violence or other federal criminal activity; trafficking conducted or financed by street gangs and drug cartels; cultivation of marijuana on Colorado’s extensive state and federal public lands; and trafficking across state and international lines,” Walsh explained.

The Thursday raids come less than two months before state-legal marijuana retail stores open for business on January 1.

The Denver Post reported that the number of sites hit was “about a dozen,” while the alternative weekly Westword put the number at fewer than 20, although that number is tentative. Among businesses mentioned by “reliable sources within the scene” to Westword are VIP Wellness, Cherry Top Farms, marQaha, and Swiss Medical in Boulder. Westword printed a photo of police cars in the parking lot of maqQaha, while the Post printed a photo of piles of uprooted marijuana plants lying in the snow outside Swiss Medical.

Westword also reported that the owner of Swiss Medical told it that the raid there was prompted by one person among multiple tenants using its space, but that the raiders seized all the plants belonging to anyone who had a grow there. That’s similar to what happened at Cherry Top Farms in 2011, when federal raiders targeting one grower seized all the plants on the scene.

“We do not yet know the details of these latest federal actions, so it is too soon to say what inspired them,” said Denver-based Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert. “The Justice Department said it would respect states’ rights to regulate marijuana, and that it would not go after businesses as long as they are complying with state laws. We hope they are sticking to their word and not interfering with any state-regulated, law-abiding businesses.”

Tvert emphasized that at this point he does not know whether any of the businesses struck are accused of violating state laws.

“Colorado has demonstrated that regulating marijuana works,” Tvert said. “Those businesses that are in clear compliance with state laws are meeting the needs of the community and not causing problems. As a result, they have not faced much in the way of federal interference. If a business is suspected of violating state laws, they will likely face increased scrutiny, and if they are found to be in violation, they will likely face consequences. That is how our society treats alcohol, and that is how we expect to see marijuana treated.”

Denver-based attorney and marijuana activist Rob Corry was less diplomatic. He told the Post the Justice Department was acting like a bully and targeting “mostly mom-and-pop businesses.”

“That is true to form, the DOJ, behaving like the classic schoolyard bully picking on the little guy,” he said. “The DOJ needs to explain in a logical fashion why they are picking and choosing, going after only some of these entities when every one of them selling marijuana is running afoul of the federal law.”

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  3. leave this space, please! your hate-talk is spoiling an attempt at expressing grief and distress over yet another broken treaty by the DOJ, as it makes war on its own citizens with its police-state soldiers and tactics.

  4. If the Federal gov’t is allowed to break the laws of states, why do states have the right to enact them?

  5. Steven Hulbert on

    Marijuana cultivation is a federal offense, that’s why the DEA conducted the raid. Working in criminal intell we had hundreds of cases involving mj raids throughout California. The federal law will not change because there aren’t enough votes to legalize it federally.

  6. Dave Mowers. Where shall I begin. You are a stupid jew in which you are no exception. Hilarious you think goyim are good slaves. Pretty rich coming from a fat jew with 2 followers. You need to take your hook nose slimy ass to the dumpster and dump yourself in it. Jews a isolating themselves once again on the world stage and you’re language and attitude is a primary example. Go to hell you pig.

  7. Their “lawfully obtained warrants” are based on the Controlled Substances Act, a piece of shit not worth the paper it’s written on. Seriously, that document states that Cannabis has no medicinal value. It’s wrong and should be thrown into the garbage.

  8. Lawfully obtained warrants? The law in question being the Controlled Substances Act? Is there anyone on the planet that rationally denies medicinal benefit is available from the plant? Rational being the critical component of the argument, of course not. Putting cannabis on Schedule 1 of the CSA is a boner of immense proportions. Stick it up the DEA’s ass.

  9. Robert Dewayne King on

    Crawl back into yer hole , narc !!! Does this place have moderators and if so , why aint they doing thier job ?

  10. Robert Dewayne King on

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  15. in defense to the raids , dispensaries are a rip-off …but on a higher note they are THE SAFEST place for those who cannot do themselves to pay a little extra for safety and comfort when donating for medicine and YES dumbshit JEWISH DAVE it is just that , i don’t get any of this argument except for the people who are getting discarded in the situation , SO YES THE CRIME RATE WOULD GO UP WHERE THE FEDS BUST DISPENSARIES BCUZZ IT LEAVE THE PATIENTS VULNERABLE TO GANK HOOD STREET PEOPLE….. I’m from DETROIT and i know what the fuck I’m talking about …. any negative replies are welcome , and ill make you head feel like it you got stomped

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  17. Just another reason why that asshole in the White House can’t be trusted. Go back to ‘Bama, B’wana, or Kenya, or where ever you’re from, and take crypto-Republican Democrats (e.g., Dianne Fienstein) with you!

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