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DEA Raids Legal Washington Dispensaries, Takes Money & Runs


Not So Fast

When Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, the general thought was hey, the feds might leave these totally legal states alone.  And for awhile, that seemed like it was the case. Unfortunately, that optimism took a hit yesterday, as the DEA once again reared its ugly head, raiding a batch of Washington-based dispensaries.

Moreover, the authorities provided absolutely no explanation as to why yesterday’s raids occurred–whether or not these collectives were engaging in illegal activity or doing something to warrant this interference. From the sounds of it, they confiscated a bunch of weed and cash because, well, given marijuana’s federal status, the DEA can do whatever it pleases. And they did so with aggression:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Seattle office confirmed in a brief statement that “several search warrants were executed today involving marijuana storefronts” in the Puget Sound region around Seattle.

It gave no further details, and the number of raids remained unclear Wednesday evening.

One of the dispensaries was the Bayside Collective in Olympia, the state capital, where seven government vehicles converged Wednesday morning.

Agents with guns drawn seized business records and about $2,500 worth of marijuana intended for cancer patients, Casey Lee, who works at the clinic, told NBC station KING of Seattle.

“It’s humiliating,” Lee said. “They don’t get to see the cancer patients.”

Washington was one of the first states to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last year. But it remains illegal under federal law, and Lee claimed one of the agents told him, “Things are going to be hell for you.”

“One of the DEA agents said: ‘This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?'” Lee said.

“I just told him it’s because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn’t expecting that answer.”

But, as we’ve seen time and time again, real patients and the ened for safe access seems to mean very little to the powers-at-be. President BHO (Barack Hussein Obama) has not changed his passive-aggressive stance on marijuana in his second term, and the future for recreational pot in Washington and Colorado remains, like much of the industry, murky.

With cities in Colorado already banning recreational sales and this affront to Washington’s medical community, it’s uncertain just how these recreational laws will go affect these markets in 2014. What we do know is that there are certainly still obstacles and injustices occurring that seem senseless, outrageous, and dubious.

But we also know that patients, activists, and the entire community will keep rallying and fighting for what is morally right. And that eventually, the majority will have it’s day.

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Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.


  1. I cannot believe in 2013 we are still dealing with ignorant, corrupt and dangerous political figures in this country. The cannabis industry just seems, to the DEA, like an open license to steal and harass the people in this country that are healing themselves with herb instead of prescribed narcotics. But if the government got rid pharmaceuticals, then they would miss out on all that money the pharmaceutical companies pay to the politicians to keep promoting highly addictive narcotics instead natural healing with herbs. So many people judge without knowing what cannabis is all about. Every human has cannabinoid receptors in their brain in order to receive the the healing elements of cannabis. The THC is the active ingredient that makes you “high”…..geez, you would think someone at the White House would have a computer they could do research in this area. I did. I am 59 years old, and have been smoking cannabis since I was 15….you do the math. I have had a successful career in Accounting and am now retired. Cannabis is the only thing that helps my stomach pain. I have Chrones decease and I will not take any addictive narcotics. If this government had it’s way everyone in this country would end up like a Stepford Wife….wandering around in a drug induced state and doing whatever they are told.
    Someone in the White House needs to grow some balls and put a stop to the DEA! They nothing but organized crime!

    • Yes it is truly hard to believe. As you say, here we are 2013 dealing with idiots who still think “Reefer Madness” is relevant. I believe it is a concerted effort by big pharmaceutical and chemical companies, together with the DEA as their private goon squad to keep the magical herb suppressed. They must be feeling much fear toward the potential for Cannabis to be a game changer in medicine and industry. I just hope that Washington and Colorado stick to their agenda regardless the Federal pressure to do otherwise. I with you friend 30 years smoking the herb and I’m doing great. A close to retirement construction engineer, raised a healthy, well adjusted child on my own. Sooner take a puff then quaff a beer any day.

  2. The cops are stupid cause they cant stop the demand for what every one wants they are making it bad people are smoking the synthetic weed just to pass test n it is so bad for u now its on the black market n kids r smoking it to I rather see people smoke real weed then die off that fake poison we need to spread the word n vote these people out of office any body against pot let’s vote them out sheriff’s judges mayors senators council men any one running for office time to come to gather n vote the right ones in office that stand for what’s right this isn’t right doctors r killing people with pills n cops r going after weed let’s make sure we spread the word vote we r the people free weed if we can legalize weed then the cops might catch the real criminals like the one broke in my house are the people who r stealing r cars killings

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