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DEA Raids Washington Dispensaries In Cities That Often Won’t Prosecute Marijuana Crimes

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DEA evilBy Russ Belville

Multiple news outlets are reporting DEA and local officials raiding over a dozen dispensaries in the Seattle-area counties of King, Thurston, and Pierce in Washington State.

The Olympian reports:

The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force served search warrants at five medicinal marijuana dispensaries Tuesday morning and shut them down, according to a police spokesman.

The News-Tribune reports:

Five dispensaries were targeted in Thurston County and five in Pierce County, law enforcement officials reported. So far, no arrests have been reported from the searches in Pierce and Thurston counties.

The warrants targeted locations that are suspected of not complying with state law on medical marijuana, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

“The places we hit are not compliant with state law so we initiated enforcement,” he said. “There are facilities and people that are in compliance with the law that we did not hit.”

KOMO reports:

Medical marijuana activist group ‘Sensible Washington’ tells KOMO News searches have been conducted so far at Seattle Cannabis Co-op, Game Collective, Tacoma Cross, Lacey Cross and Seattle Cross among others.

KOMO News asked DEA spokeswoman Jodie Underwood if agents were serving search warrants on dispensaries in other counties as well and she acknowledged agents were serving several search warrants locally.

Remember, these raids are taking place in Tacoma, which just had an election last week on this very issue of marijuana law enforcement:

(Seattle Times) Tacoma voters easily passed citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 – the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority” of the city.

After Tuesday night’s count, 65 percent of voters favored the measure, while 35 percent cast no votes.

And Seattle, which had made marijuana law enforcement its cops’ lowest priority in 2003 by a 58% vote:

(Seattle P-I) Since Seattle voters famously made the Emerald City a bit greener by mandating that cops mellow out when it comes to marijuana possession busts, a funny thing has happened.

Nothing. Nada. Nil. No crazy hopheads running amok with “reefer madness.” No groundswell of support to legalize the drug (at least no more than usual), and no discernible protest by law enforcement that a pro-drug message effectively has been sent – or received.

“I’d say it’s had little to no effect,” said [former]City Attorney Tom Carr, an outspoken opponent of Initiative 75, the 2003 ballot measure that directed Seattle police to make low-level pot busts their lowest priority. “And that’s good. It hasn’t been a problem. You can tell by the numbers.”

Seattle is so accepting of marijuana that the new city attorney, Pete Holmes, won’t even prosecute you for personal possession and believes marijuana should be legalized, as does the mayor, Mike McGinn. Even the Seattle City Council is unanimous in their support for medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

The people of Washington State don’t seem to have as much problem with marijuana as the people of Washington, D.C.

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  • And tonight these same agents sit down at the local pub, swilling on the same beer and wine their predecessors used to run around destroying in their failed, expensive and deadly war on alcohol, in heated discussion about their upcoming raids on the grass smokers.

    What a bunch of hooey.. I am sure the President could clear up any misunderstanding and hypocrisy in his administrations drug policy by holding yet another beer summit.

  • malcolm kyle

    An open letter to Gil Kerlikowske
    Occasionally some unfortunate people end up with a job that makes other people dislike or even hate them; it’s no fun and it’s actually not that easy to continue doing something that you know is doing great harm, a full seven days of the week. It must be extremely depressing for you. No doubt it’s also very dangerous to your health and must even lead to you feeling extremely insecure – especially when thinking of all those angry citizens who have generally become cheesed off with the serious disruption you’ve caused to their once productive and peaceful lives.

    So what should you do? .. Simply, and humbly, hang your head in abject shame. Come clean and admit you have unwittingly become part & parcel of one of the most insidious and counter-productive government policies in the history of mankind. Then start praying that you get to keep those pathetic and shrunken testicles.

    • gil

      A word to M Kyle the real pathetic one is you. And i have been smoking for 30 years and my balls are bigger than ever.I am sick of all the pathetic losers that have a problem with weed but will drink and drive .Alcohol ruins far more lives than weed. and the only reason lives are ruined because of marijuana is because assholes arrest you and harass you for months going to court`and stealing your time dignity and money.No person has ever overdosed or died on marijuana because it is one of the safest medicines known to man ,People are prejudice against pot because of all the false misleading info propagated by the US government and Big Pharma.And why the hell should anyone care who smokes it if they are not bothering you.People need to mind their own damn business what i smoke and why is none of anyone’s concern.