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.