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Second DEA Raid On Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities In Same Week

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stop dea raids medical marijuana michiganDrug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Rich Isaacson confirms this week’s second raid on a medical marijuana distribution center in southeastern Michigan.

Bazonzoes, located on West Maple Rd in Walled Lake, was served a state-issued search warrant by DEA Agents in association with local law enforcement on August 1. Isaacson refused to provide additional details, stating the DEA “does not comment on ongoing investigations.” He would neither confirm nor deny any relationship between this raid and the search warrant served on July 30.

On that date, Ypsilanti’s The Shop was the target of a similar state-issued warrant. Vehicles were towed away from that location and merchandise was seized. Seizures of boxes, and bags containing marijuana, were also reported by local news agencies. Ypsilanti licenses and regulates six medical marijuana distribution centers and at least one commercial garden. Recent efforts by some Council members to cap the number of facilities at six will culminate in a vote on a proposed ordinance, the second and final reading of which takes place on Thursday the 8th at 7pm.

The Shop will have a hearing on whether to revoke their city-issued license on that same day, Thursday at 9am, Ypsilanti City Hall. The Shop stands accused of smoking and/or using marijuana on the premises based on evidence gathered at the time of the raid. A letter obtained by The Compassion Chronicles shows that city officials Teresa Gillotti and Frank Daniels were present at the time of the raid and witnessed the evidence firsthand. That violates Ypsilanti ordinance law; City Attorney John Barr has requested the revocation of the medical marijuana business license.

Bazonzoes was previously raided in December of 2011. Five pounds of marijuana, two pounds of baked goods and “lip stick containing marijuana” were seized at that time, according to the Oakland Press. Four arrests were made. That raid was conducted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Team following a two week investigation.

In April of 2011 federal agents raided Caregivers of America in Walled Lake. As reported by WWJ Newsradio at the time, Oakland County officials made statements about the nature of distribution centers in Michigan.

Oakland County prosecutor Jessica Cooper said she wants to end confusion surrounding the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Cooper said under the law, marijuana dispensaries of any kind are illegal in Michigan.

However, attorney Neil Rockind, who represents medical marijuana patients, said that’s absolutely not true.

“It’s very simple. Voters wanted patients to have access to marijuana for medical purposes.  That’s the spirit and intent behind the law. And the law doesn’t prohibit dispensaries,” Rockind said.

There was no official word as to why federal agencies would be executing state-issued search warrants instead of having them executed by their respective county Sheriff’s Departments, but speculation abounds that it is a strategy to make court cases more difficult to defend.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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"Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer." Rick Thompson Is An Author At The Compassion Chronicles and focuses on all things Michigan.

7 Comments

  1. Wait until a God-fearing Tea Partier gets in office under a libertarian ticket! You think things are bad now…

  2. You did notice who the president is that is pushing this policy of ignoring state laws and prosecuting law abiding citizens, right? It’s not a tea partier or a republican.

  3. Man I wish we could have seen the Mitt Romney version of the Drug War! Ya’ll know the first time a Republican Tea Partier gets in office the “medical marijuana” industry is doomed right?

    God and dope don’t mix in the minds of the lunatics.

  4. its a never ending paradox. take weed out of act 64 and you lose all the stats of the war on drugs and thus all the funding. with that being said all the sudden you can’t have one of the longest perpetual wars in us history. then the prisons aren’t at max capacity, given the fact that 1 in 6 cases in the court system are drug related. sure weed is then taxed but the main reason for the drug prohibition is to clamp down on the populace while simultaneously being able to make money off the drugs by running them into the united states via cia. if weed was legal most ppl would not need to go in any farther into the drug culture unless they were already hooked on hard drugs. why bother. I know my line of thinking for trying heavier stuff was “well they said weed was this big bad thing, and look how harmless it turned out to be.” which btw isn’t true, obviously, harder drugs have serious health risks, unlike weed. I mean, most prescription pills are way more harmful if abused than weed… hell even Tylenol has way worse effects if abused, and that can be bought over the counter. the whole thing is screwed up if you ask me. all because industry was scared of hemp being the next billion dollar cash crop.

  5. Yep. The war on weed is purely politcal anyways. I am fairly certain that it is aggressive lobbying from the pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies keeping it illegal. It is one of the best medications on the face of the planet and an infinitely renewable fuel resource.

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