Tags: dea | raids | seattle | marijuana | dispensaries

DEA Raids in Seattle: Marijuana Dispensaries Targeted in Washington

Friday, 26 Jul 2013 06:18 AM

By Robin Farmer

DEA raids in Seattle and other Puget Sound areas targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington — a state that legalized adult possession of the substance last November.

Under federal law, marijuana remains illegal.

Search warrants were executed in King, Thurston, and Pierce counties in an operation ended Wednesday, Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood told The Associated Press.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Underwood would not disclose any details of the operation.

Agents “came in with warrants and took everything,” said Seattle medical-marijuana attorney Douglas Hiatt, The Seattle Times reported. He said the targeted dispensaries included Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross, Lacey Cross, and Bayside Collective in Olympia.

Bayside employee Addy Norton said agents pointed guns in her face as they entered, she told The Olympian. Norton said agents told her the raid was part of a two-year probe, the AP reports, and that she has to appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle in September.

Casey Lee, an employee at the Bayside Collective, said DEA agents served him with a search warrant and seized nearly a dozen plants. They also took about a quarter pound of marijuana set aside for patients as well as employee cell phones.

“I don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here,” Lee told The Olympian. “This is really disturbing. We just opened last month.”

No arrests were made and computers were left alone, he said.

“They said we are being federally subpoenaed,” Lee said.

Washington law allows marijuana “collectives” to provide marijuana to patients if they meet certain criteria. Washington law allows possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

Reaction from online commenters at The Seattle Times both criticized and supported the raids.

“Hey ‘Governor’ Inslee, Do your job. Stand up for the citizens of Washington. Tell the feds they've overstepped their bounds and demand of the President an explanation for how and why this happened, and a roadmap of how he will prevent such future abuses. We have laws in this state," said one commenter.

But it was “about time for the Feds to act on their promise,” wrote another reader. “Just because the State made it legal, does not mean that all is good. The drug dealers/peddlers/shopkeepers were warned of their violation of Federal Law. Those that did not heed the written warnings found themselves with new visitors at their steps."

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Colorado Asks U.S. to Halt Medical Marijuana Raids

Democrats Introduce Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith Wants Out of DUI With Immunity Law

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 19:20 PM

Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith, arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge, is making an effort to get the charge . . .

School Bus Pentagram? Woman Outraged Over Satanic Brake Light Symbol

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:53 PM

A Tennessee woman is outraged after spotting what she says is a satanic pentagram formed by the brake lights on a school . . .

Rapper Tiny Doo May Face Long Jail Sentence Over Lyrics

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:10 PM

San Diego rapper Tiny Doo is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence for his violent song lyrics under a little-known  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved