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DEA raids several medical pot stores: ‘They said it’s federally illegal’

OLYMPIA — The DEA staged raids on several medical marijuana shops in King, Pierce and Thurston counties Wednesday.

pottIt is unclear how many shops were raided.

The DEA released the following statement late Wednesday:

“Enforcement operations have concluded and due to the ongoing nature of the investigation we will only be able to provide the following information: Several search warrants were executed today involving marijuana storefronts in King, Thurston and Pierce Counties.”

Bayside Collective in Olympia was among the shops busted.

Casey Lee, an employee at the Bayside Collective, said, “I was running outside because I thought it was a robbery.  I couldn’t see any marked cars so I went running outside to see what was going on and got guns drawn on me.”

Lee and other employees had just arrived when their day got off to a bad start and then got worse, when agents rushed in and took everything, leaving behind bare shelves and empty containers.

“All of the medical marijuana that we had,” Lee said. “They took all of our edibles.  They took all of our … They took all of our dry medication.”

The raid will basically shut down the shop for the time being.

“We asked what we were doing wrong?” Lee said. “We thought we were complying with every law and everything and they said it’s federally illegal.”

Leaders in the cannabis community say at least four collectives were raided.

Along with Bayside, Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Key Peninsula Cross were also raided.

“Look, what this is is urban terrorism,” said Steve Sarich, executive director of the Cannabis Action Coalition.

He says he doesn’t believe Wednesday’s raids were about shutting down medical marijuana shops, he believes it’s just the ongoing battle between a state and voters who chose to legalize marijuana and the federal government where marijuana is still very much illegal.

“They want us uncomfortable,” Sarich said. “They want us scared all the time. If they wanted to just shut them, the letters (DEA letters threatening closure) worked real well.

“If you get a cease and desist letter from the feds you shut down because you can’t really fight them but when they come in with machine guns and helmets, that’s to terrorize you and it’s to terrorize the community.”

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27 Comments to “DEA raids several medical pot stores: ‘They said it’s federally illegal’”

    NAVYTOWN said:
    July 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Guns drawn???!!! This really illustrates that America is now a Police State, where government power is completely unchecked.

    JoeSMOKINGHOTCamel said:
    July 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Seriously they don't have bigger concerns for public health and safety? How about busting some more white collar crime, like WTF when FEDS spend $Trillion$ on stimulus bill and we see very very little in return for OUR money we EARN and THEY SPEND FOOLISHLY.. Seriously FEDS get your OWN HOUSE in ORDER before you come to our STATE. We still have the constitutional right to overthrow our ELECTED GOVT. HEAR OUR VOICE or Blame no ONE but YOURSELVES for a FAILED CENTRAL GOV'T

    Chas-Holman said:
    July 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    This war on marijuana is starting to remind me of Nam..

    Our Government knows they can't 'win' it.. yet they have all this money and 'big words' invested and they are not about to stop hurting and destroying people in the meantime.

    They have no plan, ZERO. Just small ineffectual attacks and skirmishes that keep them employed doing 'easy work' on the taxpayers dime and at the same time these Feds are protecting Mexico's Cartel interests by 'desperately' trying to keep locally grown product out of the area.

    Talk about creating job security on the backs of others, Yikes.

    BILL K. said:
    July 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    There is ni freedom. Its a beautiful lie people choose to believe. In reality the gov sees its citizens as hostile threats to be eliminated if any sign of resistance to thier policies.

    esco said:
    July 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    The DEA released the following statement, "F##k the voters!!"

    what ever said:
    July 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    LETS RIOT !

    dea ca said:
    July 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Wow…thanks DEA! You forced us to find new TAX FREE sources. I wonder if they will be bound by the same laws….not selling to minors, not trading the money for guns, etc??? Oh, I'm sure they will. As usual you guys are pure geniuses….lol

    GarbageCollector said:
    July 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    When are you potheads going to do something against the man and I don't mean your silent protests and bs posts. Step up or shut up!

    John Fuller said:
    July 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    This just goes to show that the Washington State Legislature's plan to tax the independent grower to pay for their endless Special Sessions created the opportunity for federal greed to kick in also… They snatched a fortune in premium pharmaceutical grade product that can be re-sold at top dollar. If the feds "incinerate" any of the stuff, best believe that it will be in Super Duty Bong Pipes! What we just saw is an unfriendly reminder that you can't trust the government in any capacity… The justice department operates with self serving motives regardless to tax payer interest and opinion. The Rich Elite with False Flag Attacks and abuse of the population. How soon will the FEMA Camps be here that will hold millions of people that refuse to be under martial law and seizure of firearms?

    gerry said:
    July 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Growing high grade pot yourself, for your own use is not that hard. With most of these "collectives", someone is making big money. That seems to be what attracts a lot of attention from the feds. The growers and heads of the "collectives" often are pulling in over six figures a year. Even if it all gets reported to the IRS (which is questionable), the feds do not like to see someone profiting that much from something illegal in their books. That does not even include the fact that many people "medicate" for pleasure, not medical need.

    Bob said:
    July 26, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Why didn't the local police stop these raids? The 10th amendment clearly gives the state the right to legalize marijuana. With no ability to prove that a federal law banning marijuana is "necessary and proper"(the clause they used to force prohibition of alcohol upon the states) they don't have a legal leg to stand on. The men were armed robbers, not law enforcement.

    bRIAN eASTWOOD said:
    July 27, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    the tree of liberty must from time to time be watered with the blood of patriots, NOW IS THIS TIME, MAYBE AT THE NEXT RAID THE FADS SHOULD FIND BOOBY TRAPS FOR THE BOOBS "this is NOT MEANT AS A FACTUAL STATEMENT"

    test mp3 player mit radio said:
    July 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Really when someone doesn’t know then its up to other users that they will assist, so here it occurs.

    mtnrunner2 said:
    July 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    The DEA is totally useless. Let's fight real crime, okay?

    In fact, it's the government that creates drug gangs in first place by prohibiting drugs and other vices. Anyone remember Prohibition?

    Leon said:
    November 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Let's wait and see how many state shops they raid. If they don't raid any it will be pretty clear what's going on. I'd really like to know if the state asked for the DEA help.

    Lupa said:
    November 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Everyone with a MJ business has a target on their back http://lupacartel.com/2013/11/21/obama-to-colorad

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