Update: Feds explain DEA raids on medical-marijuana establishments, including White Center’s GAME Collective

November 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm | In West Seattle news, White Center | 70 Comments

1:52 PM: We’re outside the GAME Collective medical-marijuana “lounge” in downtown White Center – where the Drug Enforcement Administration has a significant presence at the moment. The DEA tells us it’s part of an “ongoing operation” and that they will have a statement “in a few hours.”

Regional-media sources (here’s KING 5‘s story; here’s The Olympian’s story) are reporting a series of raids at medical-marijuana operations all over the region; we’re checking on the status of others in West Seattle/White Center. More to come.

2:32 PM: We have just driven by three West Seattle medical-marijuana dispensaries, including the GAME Collective’s California SW location; no sign of current police activity at any of them.

5:54 PM: Statement just in from the DEA, in its entirety:

DEA SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE MATTHEW G. BARNES STATEMENT REGARDING MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT

It has never been our policy to target individuals with serious illnesses. However, there are those operating commercial storefronts cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana under the guise of state medical marijuana laws and exploiting such activities to satisfy their own personal greed. The DEA remains committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in all states.

The coordinated enforcement actions of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and our state and local law enforcement partners involve violations of both federal and state law.

The DEA will exercise its investigative authority to pursue criminal actions for any violation of federal law, when warranted. This includes investigating organizations or individuals that grow, manufacture or distribute any illegal drug to include marijuana, and those who rent or maintain a property to facilitate drug trafficking.

8:58 PM UPDATE: We also have received a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Today Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local law enforcement executed search warrants in four ongoing federal investigations in Western Washington relating to illegal drug distribution and other crimes in violation of federal law. Each of the investigations targets commercial enterprises that purport to operate as “medical” marijuana establishments but also fail to comply with applicable state law.

As set forth in the search warrant affidavits unsealed by the U.S. District Court today, these businesses attracted the attention of federal law enforcement for a number of reasons: their failure to abide by state medical marijuana guidelines; indications that they were distributing large amounts of drugs; and evidence they were laundering large amounts of money. Some of these marijuana stores were the subject of complaints from their surrounding communities as well as medical marijuana supporters, concerned about businesses operating outside the letter and spirit of state law. One operator was arrested this morning for violating the court ordered terms of his federal supervised release for a prior federal conviction.

The following is a statement from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan on the ongoing investigations:

“The activities today and the ongoing investigations are targeted actions consistent with Department of Justice policy and guidelines. Our job is to enforce federal criminal laws. In doing so, we always prioritize and focus our resources. As we have previously stated, we will not prosecute truly ill people or their doctors who determine that marijuana is an appropriate medical treatment. However, state laws of compassion were never intended to protect brash criminal conduct that masquerades as medical treatment. In determining how to focus our drug enforcement resources, we will look at the true nature and scope of an enterprise, and its impact on the community. We will continue to target and investigate entities that are large scale commercial drug enterprises, or that threaten public safety in other ways. Sales to people who are not ill, particularly our youth, sales or grows in school zones, and the use of guns in connection with an enterprise all present a danger to our community.”

Those identified in the search warrant affidavits are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

70 Comments

  1. Obligatory “What a waste of time and resources” comment.

    Comment by RobertSeattle — 2:01 pm November 15, 2011 #

  2. Yee haw! Shut them down for good!!

    Comment by furor scribendi — 2:22 pm November 15, 2011 #

  3. I sure hope they got to use some of their expensive, paramilitary toys.

    Comment by CandrewB — 2:38 pm November 15, 2011 #

  4. Not good at all

    Comment by miggy — 2:41 pm November 15, 2011 #

  5. The California Ave SW location had a lot of cars in the lot earlier today. It appears to be closed at this time.

    Comment by gatewood guy — 2:48 pm November 15, 2011 #

  6. Thanks – it’s hard to tell from the outside since these places (for good reason – that one, for example, was hit by armed robbers some months back) don’t keep doors swung open wide. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:52 pm November 15, 2011 #

  7. Don’t they have something more dangerous to be using our tax money on? This is ridiculous. They need to be more worried about drunk drivers.

    Comment by M. — 3:03 pm November 15, 2011 #

  8. What a waste…

    Comment by WorldCitizen — 3:11 pm November 15, 2011 #

  9. These same type of paramilitary DEA agents, not so long ago, delighted in smashing up kegs and stills.

    Now after all the money and energy and lives lost on their failed war on alcohol… they now sit around as one of the professions with the highest statistical alcoholism rates.

    And these paramilitary types that once fought so valiantly against alcohol, will tonight sit around the bar in celebration, and these liquid drinkers will plan their next raids on the grass smokers.

    Salvador Dali could not of written a better script lest he teamed up with Stephan King.

    This expensive, childish and oft deadly war on our own must stop. By any measure this ‘all out war’ has cost us more in money and lives than any of our other wars and has lasted 40 years with no end in sight..

    I’m 60 years old.. I remember before there was a ‘drug war’ and I have lived 40 years after the drug war was engaged.

    I can attest as fact before the drug war drugs were more expensive, harder to get, less socially acceptable, and nowhere near as potent as today’s offerings.. this was has been a complete and utter failure. To not see and not be able to admit this, demonstrates total insanity.

    Comment by 333maxwell — 3:15 pm November 15, 2011 #

  10. The DEA agents were at the clinic near Findlay & California Ave. SW today. They were there before I walked to the Junction and still there after I returned.

    Comment by AD — 3:38 pm November 15, 2011 #

  11. I live near this place. I saw no harm. Alcohol and tobacco are both worse for you than marijuana. This is ridiculous.

    Comment by Thad — 3:43 pm November 15, 2011 #

  12. It does seem like a policy that has utterly failed.

    Comment by Tony S — 3:52 pm November 15, 2011 #

  13. While I do not support the lounge idea I do support the dispensary idea after recently meeting two different clients who have been helped tremendously with medical marijauana one a cancer survivor one a crohns patient who with the “weed” was able to get off all her prescriptions and manage her pain and condition. This was a fifty something suburban wife and mother in a very nice home. I say this because there is a stigma associated to “drugs” and she sure could not be grouped into any of the negative stereotypes about marijauana users.

    Comment by Cclarue — 3:59 pm November 15, 2011 #

  14. there are so many other, better things they could be doing. what a horrific waste of MY tax dollars. well said maxwell, well said.
    as mother teresa said: if you have an anti war rally don’t invite me, but if you have a peace rally i will come(or words to that effect) when we wage war on anything it only becomes more of what we don’t want.
    another sad sad day in the life of misguided military ‘america’

    Comment by shfy 1 — 4:04 pm November 15, 2011 #

  15. Puff, Puff, Give. Then chill.

    Comment by 4thGen West Side — 4:09 pm November 15, 2011 #

  16. Got to get the numbers for that report package finished up for next years requested budget.

    Comment by cj — 4:09 pm November 15, 2011 #

  17. The DEA must have stamped out all of the cocaine, meth and heroine to have the time and resources to raid legal marijuana dispensaries……

    Completely disappointing!

    Comment by Good Grief..... — 4:21 pm November 15, 2011 #

  18. Superb! Shut down the rest of these dope houses!

    Comment by Craig — 4:26 pm November 15, 2011 #

  19. Ironic that this fall PBS featured a series on Prohibition. Watch it, substitute marijuana for alcohol, and it is the same ridiculous course that we are still on. History not learned does repeat itself.

    Comment by bestbets — 4:27 pm November 15, 2011 #

  20. @Craig: Dopehouses? Seriously? They were made legal by the community you live in. If you don’t like it, there’s plenty of other areas that don’t have similar laws…

    Comment by WMF — 4:32 pm November 15, 2011 #

  21. As the relative of a MMJ patient, I wish someone would decide what’s legal and what isn’t. This is just stressful.

    Comment by Debbie — 4:40 pm November 15, 2011 #

  22. The DEA musta been that third agency that Rick Perry couldn’t think of. What a waste of resources.

    Comment by Yardvark — 4:41 pm November 15, 2011 #

  23. Legalize it. Tax it. Done!

    Comment by 3rd Gen WS — 4:52 pm November 15, 2011 #

  24. Yay, another example of wasted time and resources. Alcohol is a million times more of a threat to our community.

    Comment by lynne — 5:01 pm November 15, 2011 #

  25. The state of WA will finally limit its hands-on involvement in alcohol distribution starting June 2012 due to the vote last Tuesday on Initiative 1183. This is ONLY 78 years after the repeal of prohibition. Maybe WA can do it in a shorter period of time with MJ? Time will surely tell.

    Comment by Aman — 5:34 pm November 15, 2011 #

  26. Certainly didn’t see that coming with the Gov softpedaling and backing away from medicinal uses and the DEA raiding similar operations in CA…Not. Its not as if they had to work to hard to ID them with the ads in the Stranger.

    I do agree it is a waste of resources but it’s not like they took pains to hide it — It is after all illegal according to the feds.

    Comment by JayDee — 5:41 pm November 15, 2011 #

  27. My best friend takes 33 pills a day to keep his lupus in check. His doctor just told him in about a month he will have to move that to 40 pills a day. He is 52 and was in great health till last year. He is considering moving to MMJ after a long discussion with his doctor because its a race with him, the pills are killing off his liver faster than keeping the Lupis in check. If he moves to MMJ he cuts the pills to about 10 and can have his lifespan extened a few more years. At the rate he is going they gave him 4 years. Now, tell me how these places are dope houses when a specialist in Lupus is directing her patients to MMJ…..

    Comment by coffee — 5:48 pm November 15, 2011 #

  28. Pass the dutchie to the left hand side…(repeat)

    Comment by louvey — 5:49 pm November 15, 2011 #

  29. support it

    https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/

    Comment by steve — 6:10 pm November 15, 2011 #

  30. http://www.newapproachwa.org/content/initiative

    Initiative Measure No. 502 will replace Washington’s ineffective and unjust marijuana laws with a regulated public health approach that will redirect law enforcement resources to more pressing priorities, generate new tax revenues for critical social services, and take marijuana out of the hands of violent drug cartels.

    Comment by Ken — 6:18 pm November 15, 2011 #

  31. pathetic.

    Comment by Jacob — 6:27 pm November 15, 2011 #

  32. Matthew Barnes is quoted as saying the dealers are “exploiting such activities to satisfy their own personal greed”

    Is Barnes a socialist???????????????

    Big Pharma greed should be their target. Charging $5/pill when it costs $0.10 to make. I’m not concerned about the “greed” of local grow houses but I am very concerned about the greed and influence of the big drug companies.

    Comment by dhg — 6:28 pm November 15, 2011 #

  33. Treat it like any other drug–legalize the research, standardize the doses, regulate effective use, write prescriptions, and dispense it legally at a real pharmacy. Close down these shadowy, unregulated “dispensaries”.

    Comment by J — 6:31 pm November 15, 2011 #

  34. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

    Comment by mookie — 7:17 pm November 15, 2011 #

  35. Legalizing it is the way to go. First it will be regulated by the feds, then big pharma gets involved. Price will be jacked up and no one will be able to afford it anymore. So just like other prescription painkillers, the black market starts selling it to people who can’t get a prescription because they don’t need it or the folks that need it but can’t afford it. Deja vu.

    Comment by YeloRose — 7:20 pm November 15, 2011 #

  36. Alcohol and tobacco have killed more people than Hitler, but they are legal. Both are heavily taxed, have extreme side effects from overuse, and they both have their “say” in our Senate and House of Representatives. Just legalize it and get it over with!

    Comment by BuffaloSoldier — 7:24 pm November 15, 2011 #

  37. It’s unfortunate when a national government goes against the will of citizens and states by abandoning a role of leadership in favor of a role of oppression. Declaring a war on yourself has never worked.

    Comment by getwithit — 7:36 pm November 15, 2011 #

  38. I think the DEA’s presence around these places when suspected drug trafficking is in play is hardly a waste of time and resources.

    Comment by Frank — 8:56 pm November 15, 2011 #

  39. Does anyone know if the employees were arrested?!?? This is all so sad. :( Patients are now without meds..

    Comment by Art — 8:56 pm November 15, 2011 #

  40. It’s a mild intoxicant. Humans have been using them probably since before we were recognizable as humans. Accept the fact that human beings will seek to alter their consciousness, legalize this benign substance, and, if it’s really all that important to someone, they can start focusing on what motivates humans to enjoy that altered state.

    Tax dollars ARE rare, since many Americans have become rather selfish and short-sighted. We need to make cuts in our various local, state and Federal governments, might as well start cutting where the waste is greatest: the military, certain areas of law-enforcement, and the prison-industrial complex that is only concerned with eternalizing and preserving their assets (their prisoners; our fellow Americans).

    Comment by dawsonct — 9:07 pm November 15, 2011 #

  41. All this over a plant.

    Comment by Velo_nut — 9:16 pm November 15, 2011 #

  42. All these folks work for the president. Eric Holder’s saber rattling is inconsistent with a president that named Kerlikowske drug czar. And yes, Barry inhaled at Occidental College.

    Hands off pot!

    Comment by Jerry Whiting — 9:32 pm November 15, 2011 #

  43. Yeah, call the police for any real problem in your neighborhood and prepare to be told that there are more important things for them to do. Unless you have a raging house fire or gunfire to report, forget about it. They’re too busy raiding medical pot places.

    Comment by MMB — 10:01 pm November 15, 2011 #

  44. OH FOR F**KS sake just legalize it! How DARE anyone suggest it’s sensible that I can buy 3 crates of wine, 16 bottles of vodka, 8 cartons of unfiltered cigarettes, but I can’t buy legally an ounce of pot.

    ALL scientific evidence shows that cigarettes and alcohol are MORE damaging (one directly causes cancer, the other leads to orders of magnitude more domestic violence and impaired driving deaths). Alcohol should be made illegal immediately if you even PRETEND to care about children, families or public safety. You just can’t argue using logic, rational thought or scientific evidence for vodka and cigarettes being legal but marijuana being illegal.

    Comment by Alki Area — 10:02 pm November 15, 2011 #

  45. …and furthermore – people who use pot are typically happy doing whatever it is they are doing around the house, like sitting in front of the TV chatting with friends, playing cards, etc., totally harmless to anyone else. So why is pot not legal? I do not get it.

    Comment by MMB — 10:06 pm November 15, 2011 #

  46. Until it is legalized, regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco there will be honest dispensaries, and dishonest dispensaries, and honest dispensaries with dishonest workers and/or their friends. I’m sorry for the people who truly need it. We really need to move forward with a comprehensive plan and not a shadowy grey area.

    Comment by AJP — 10:08 pm November 15, 2011 #

  47. Please sign I-502 and vote yes. I want the money from our dispensarys going to our state not to the DEA to buy a new hummer. It’s been a 75 year failure and waste of money and we are in a financial recession.

    Comment by Alki Jon — 10:12 pm November 15, 2011 #

  48. What most of you people dont realize is that the medical marijuana laws have been taken advantage of. There are a substantial number of “patients” that are selling their “medicine” on the black market. These shops are just fronts. Sure they might be serving legitimate patients, but I can assure you all that they grow and sell a lot more product than meets the eye. They are hiding behind a law that is poorly written.

    Comment by Aaron — 10:24 pm November 15, 2011 #

  49. I think you guys are missing the point.
    .
    This month is performance plan review time and setting next years goals for the fed workers. Somebody obviously didn’t do well last year and is looking to “improve” their score. You guys asked for pay-for-performance and somebody is picking the low-hanging fruit. LOL….

    Comment by Eric — 10:57 pm November 15, 2011 #

  50. Prohibition is actually an authoritarian war on the economy, the Constitution and every civic institution of our once great and free nation.

    It’s all about the market and cost/benefit analysis. Whether any particular drug is good, bad, or otherwise is irrelevant! As long as there is demand for any mind altering substance, there will be supply; the end! The only affect prohibiting it has is to drive the price up, increase the costs and profits, and where there is illegal profit to be made criminals and terrorists thrive.

    The cost of criminalizing citizens who are using substances no more harmful than similar things that are perfectly legal like alcohol and tobacco, is not only hypocritical and futile, but also simply not worth the incredible damage it does.

    Afghani farmers produce approx. 93% of the world’s opium which is then, mostly, refined into street heroin then smuggled throughout Eastern and Western Europe.

    Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of this very easily grown crop; Prohibition is the “Goose that laid the golden egg” and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Only those opposed, or willing to ignore this fact, want things the way they are.

    Kindly Google: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS

    Prohibition provides America’s sworn enemies with financial “aid” and tactical “comforts”. The Constitution of the United States of America defines treason as:
    “Article III / Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

    Support for prohibition is therefore an act of treason against the Constitution, and a dire threat to our nation’s civic institutions. Each day we remain silent, we help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of our own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s Inquisition or Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation – Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

    Comment by malcolm kyle — 2:08 am November 16, 2011 #

  51. Legalize it, tax it, regulate it, AND put in place strict guidelines and penalties for public use and/or intoxication. That said, I think the raids are completely justified as these facilities mask activities well outside of the MMJ law.

    Comment by Enid — 5:38 am November 16, 2011 #

  52. While I don’t care whether someone wants tto use marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, I’m not really surprised to hear about the raid on The Game. A friend of mine who has a medicinal card went there once and said the whole place was shady and unprofessional and he was harrassed for leaving without making a purchase. There are many legitimate dispensaries out there. Hopefully the actions of the few don’t hurt the others.

    Comment by WS Born & Bred — 6:47 am November 16, 2011 #

  53. Here’s a thought. Take all the liquor store workers that will be out of a job in June and let them work at government-run dispensaries. Nobody loses a job, the liquor stores (that are already owned by the state) can be converted to dispensaries and the government can start taking the millions upon millions of dollars of untaxed sales.

    Comment by 2 Much Whine — 7:23 am November 16, 2011 #

  54. Please call your Senators right now and tell them how hurtful to both our citizens and economy this policy of criminalizing medicinal pot is. Our desire to have a safe and supportive community depends upon us making our voices heard loud and clear. We get the government we deserve.

    Comment by neighbor — 7:54 am November 16, 2011 #

  55. The DEA states that it is not prosecuting patients or doctors who prescribe marijuana…
    but if it closes down safe sources…
    where do those patients get their drug?

    Comment by JoB — 8:06 am November 16, 2011 #

  56. Now that the state is out of the booze business, turn the stores into MJ outlets before COSTCO can take the business over.

    Comment by will o wisp — 9:07 am November 16, 2011 #

  57. Some people here are getting confused. This joint wasn’t shut down because they were dispensing pot there. It was shut down because they were letting people SMOKE pot there. (Big difference.) The owners knew they were pushing the envelope when they opened this place and waved it in all of our faces. So now the cops have finally gotten around to busting them. GOOD. Let it be a lesson.
    .
    People who say pot smoking lounges cause no harm are naive. Until the raid a few weeks ago, this place was a magnet for all kinds of unsavory people — just what struggling downtown White Center DIDN’T need.
    .
    This place was clearly a nuisance! Just like a couple of bars in the area. Let ALL the nuisance establishments be shut down and moved out to the sticks somewhere, I say. Good riddance.

    Comment by DBP — 9:11 am November 16, 2011 #

  58. @DBP…totally agree. I am pro- MMJ and even pro-legalization, but places like this give me pause. If places are selling illegally, I believe they should face penalties. If places are following the MMJ laws and paying taxes, I see no problem with them and think they should be allowed to operate. I do not believe that smoking in a dispensary is wise or even safe. That place in White Center always had a small crowd of stoners outside. I like to bring my child down there to patronize the restaurants and ice-cream store. I have avoided the area lately and I would be glad to see the place (and others) comply with the laws or be closed.

    Comment by juneb — 10:10 am November 16, 2011 #

  59. The fact that a medical marijuana facility was even put it White Center is hilarious to me! I know people need it to be close by, I know White Center is tying to “rebuild” it’s image, but to think this would not attract the riff raff is hilarious
    Just sayin’.

    Comment by T-Rex — 10:21 am November 16, 2011 #

  60. @DPB

    The argument about attracting unsavory people is ridiculous. You could apply the same to say that community mental health clinics and homeless shelters should be shut down.
    The mmj issue is about freedom. Groups of people have figured out how to skirt laws that shouldn’t exist in the first place. As long as they’re doing no harm to people other than offending puritan sensibilities, good for them.

    Google Jury Nullification, it’s fascinating that this sort of protest against unjust laws is codified into law itself.

    Comment by wsprofessional — 10:36 am November 16, 2011 #

  61. T-Rex, and all others interested, to reiterate one thing here: We don’t know yet what brought agents to this particular establishment. I am contacting the federal authorities again today to ask what more information is available. But it is different from all other medical-marijuana establishments in this general area: It was set up and operated as a “lounge,” not a dispensary. There is a dispensary owned by someone else less than a block north, and another storefront across 16th that offers a medical-marijuana “farmers’ market” on weekends. (We have covered all this in more depth on our White Center site, http://whitecenternow.com) In West Seattle, the same ownership has an establishment on California SW between Alaska and Morgan Junctions that has been marketed strictly as a dispensary (so far as I have seen) as well as two other dispensaries, on the Westwood/Arbor Heights line and in the Alki area. I believe the GAME ownership even called their “lounge” the first of its kind in the state.
    .
    We cover some of White Center’s major community organizations, and the lounge did indeed draw concerns from community members, including discussions at the White Center Community Safety Coalition and North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, but because of the “gray area” that is so often mentioned, there is not only a lack of laws directly regulating these establishments, they’re not even required in King County to get a business license. Latest twist is that since Burien is pursuing annexation of White Center, and does not allow marijuana establishments (which is any city’s prerogative), they have been trying to figure out how to discourage the expansion of the “industry” in the area, lest a bunch more places set up, only to face being shut down (unless the laws change) … TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:38 am November 16, 2011 #

  62. Not one person mentioned what the one thIng is that needs to happen. DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS!! The problem is that it is in the same schedule as cocaine!!! So people with or without permission to consume and carry if caught consuming or carrying anywhere (remember even if you have a card it is still illegal to consume in public, or if a police officer comes to your home and smells it if you have no card, you are now subject to dealing with the legal side) are now held to the same punishment as someone who is caught consumming or carrying COCAINE! So in order to change the system people to need to find a fine balance of conforming and challenging the system at the same time. Not in such a way that will push us backwards as I am sure some of these places are doing by simply thinking they can take advantage of the rules that have been laid out for them. We all already know that a few bad eggs can spoil a good dish and we also know that a lot of these bad eggs are in this area of WC and it should come as no surprise. As for all the real patients that are not gonna be able to get their meds, there are plenty of other “play by the rules” dipensaries out there that would love to have
    your legitamte business. And to all the self perscribed patients out there, you knew where to get it before and I am sure can still do so as there will ALWAYS be a “black (or green;)) market” for any controlled substance. If you do not want to be breaking the law go get a card its not that hard, but either way you STILL have to go HOME

    Comment by CD — 10:38 am November 16, 2011 #

  63. And smoke….sorry i hit publish bf i could finish…the last line says..you still have to go home to smoke it!

    Comment by CD — 10:41 am November 16, 2011 #

  64. good job you did nothing to help the community I guess mmj patients can get there meds from local gangs then. Idiot policy

    Comment by Nick — 11:38 am November 16, 2011 #

  65. The drug war is flawed public policy. Half of what we spend on law enforcement, the courts and the prisons is drug related. Nothing productive has been achieved from the drug war in the past forty years, further evidence that prohibition and criminal penalties don’t deter drug use. Rather, they create black markets where disputes are settled with guns instead of by courts – not to mention militarizing the police and criminalizing people who engage in non-violent consensual transactions. It is time to end the epic failure known as the war on drugs. More commentary and coverage at http://SpatialOrientation.com/tag/drug-war

    Comment by SpatialOrientation — 12:03 pm November 16, 2011 #

  66. Personally, I think I’m going to take the DEA at their word that they aren’t after patients or the weed itself. Who they’re after are the shady characters who use the businesses as a front for drug trafficking. I have a distant acquaintance who was just arrested with 10 pounds of weed in his possession. He and his buddies were planning to drive it to the east coast where it sells for twice as much. Where did they get all that pot? Through the dispensary where his buddies work, of course! It’s this kind of clearly criminal activity that the DEA is interested in, not a few ounces going to cancer patients.

    Comment by golfer — 1:17 pm November 16, 2011 #

  67. That place looked WAY more sketchy when it was “The Wall” if you ask me.

    Comment by MB — 5:10 pm November 16, 2011 #

  68. I’m surprised it took this long for GAME to get raided. A buddy of mine went in there and said it was pretty casual, not really following the state law, and had a smoking lounge where people can hang out and medicate. He also went to an after-party there around 3am one evening after bars had closed, where the back of the collective was pretty much free game for people to smoke, drink, and do whatever else they brought with them (ie. other drugs were being used as well). In the neighborhood it was located, conducting business in this manner is sure to get the attention of authorities.

    In another of the pharmacies four DEA agents were able to go in back to back and purchase medicine without a prescription or ID.

    I’m all for total legalization of it, the stuff is far less harmless than tobacco or alcohol. But until then we’ve got medical laws to which these places should adhere in order to increase their chances of continuing to operate in what is an admittedly unclear climate.

    Comment by Deepness2k — 6:10 pm November 16, 2011 #

  69. http://www.herbanlegends.com/ still up and can help you out if you need it. Professionals that care.

    Comment by clonelabs — 2:57 am November 17, 2011 #

  70. Sigh.

    Yeah, let’s spend tax dollars going after the legal shops rather than the crack dealers. That makes a whole lot of sense. It makes almost as much sense as parents prosecuted for helping their kids. I was reading another article about the medical benefits of marijuana and was blown away by how parents trying to help their kids were treated in the eyes of the law. It’s just not right.

    Comment by Jessica — 2:48 pm November 17, 2011 #

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