DEA Raids In Seattle: Feds Confiscate “Legal” Weed

    July 25, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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The Drug Enforcement Agency hit several marijuana dispensaries in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Gig Harbor today, saying only that the companies were operating under state laws but not federal ones.

Employees of the dispensaries–which handle plants as well as the edible marijuana products sold in various legal shops in the area–say they think authorities need to get the gray area cleared up when it comes to what is legal and what isn’t.

“It hurts me a lot. This is really hard. This is my life,” said Addy Norton, an employee with Bayside Collective in Olympia. “This effects everybody — it effects our family at home. I mean, this doesn’t just effect the state and the feds, it effects all of us.”

Patients who depend on medicinal marijuana are confused as to why there would be raids at all, since weed was legalized in Washington in November.

“You can’t tell me there isn’t [sic] bigger fish to fry, especially now that recreational marijuana is legal [in Washington],” patient Leif O’Leary said. “It is just to me inconceivable that this is still happening.”

DEA reps would only say that they will still uphold federal law despite what certain states are doing, as they have all along.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” said the DEA in a 2012 press statement. “In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time.”

  • matthew

    STATES RIGHTS!…..The PEOPLE of the State of Washington SPOKE, via their State election process and approved the legalzation. The State Attorney General ought to be filing suits against the DEA and the Federal Govt. for violation of his own STATE’S LAW.The Govenor of the State of Washiington ought to be filing official protests with the White House ,DEA and DOJ and in addition ordering the State and Local Law enforcement to arrest and detain DEA teams for violations of the RIGHTS of Citizens of the STATE. This is a classic case of State’s Rights versus the assumed authority of the Federal Govt.

    • G. Buddwell

      Don’t blame me – I voted Republican.

      • MMJ2007

        Yea, I’m sure the GOP is much more friendly to mmj patients…
        The only reason this is all happening is not because of liberals, but because of liberal pandering to conservatives.

  • concerned for Americans

    Its a scary day in America when the federal government plows over local authorities to muscle in their own agenda.

  • Schizzo

    The DEA agents are just afraid of losing their job, they have no morals, no sense of principle or human rights. The Drug War: $1 trillion wasted, billions of lives ruined, families broken apart yet drug consumption remains at an equal level. The USA is trying to make slaves out of drug users in a very similar way that any regime has tried to oppress certain peoples. Slavery in America, Nazi Germany, all fascism is uncannily similar to what the War on Drugs represents. It is an atrocity against human rights and the only reason it won’t stop is because of stupid special interest and big corporation running our government. Our government is no longer for the people, but fighting against them. One day we will take it back, though. One day.

  • http://Webpronew Darrius

    I heard a similar argument from Biggie Small Notorious B.I.G. on his album. He stated that his family is affected when people called the cops on him when he was selling weed because it was his only way of supporting his family. Interesting, the more things change the more they stay the same.

    I cannot believe all the lives that have been jailed over this silly little plant.

  • Gman

    Whats is wrong this everyone when the Federal goverment can state to a state what it should pass laws and STOMP on its citizens rights to freedom to process? Why VOTE ANYMORE? Seems that the goverment knows best for all the states!!!

    Are we living a toltary state? No this is The Unted States of America last time I checked federal goverment should stay away constitutionally from states, have the right to pass laws even if they dont concide with federal goverment,did we not go to civil war based of that notion? Are we not going to stop the federal goverment from intruding on our rights we as a nation must take a stand once and for all. It is unfair and not leagle to raid legitimate business in this country..I am out!!!!

  • http://yahoo Paddy

    It’s sure funny how the federal government can let states vote on laws than tell them it is against federal law. Why let them vote on such a law knowing it’s wrong?
    The federal government can enforce the law on a few people for doing what they think is right by law but they WILL NOT ENFORCE the law which is on the book’s about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT’S.

    • jim

      Illegals are growing the pot, and making your food, and building your home. Wake up

  • Steve

    The DEA consists of a bunch of scumbags who can’t prioritize a thing. Seattle has much more to worry about than medical marijuana dispensaries who are operating under state law. ie. HEROIN&METH! I still cant seem to rationalize their thinking when they go in and bust BUSINESS OWNERS! Take out a heroin dealer instead you good-for-nothing, rotten jerk-offs. Is this what the federal taxes I pay go towards? An anti-drug agency that goes after people operating in a legal gray area? I dont think there are any gray areas when it comes to opiate and methamphetamine use. This is despicable, what happened to the Ogden Memorandum?

  • Jim DAnDY

    feds kinda going commiunist on us right

  • Carlos Danger

    I did enjoy the “[sic]” used after “isn’t”, but not following “effects”, “effect”, or “effects”.

  • JJ

    What a waste of my tax dollars, hopefully this is a clear signal to congress that we are spending too much tax payer money on Drug Enforcement. This makes no sense unless you are living under a regime.

  • Dan

    It’s now on sale in Washington DC. government crooks!

  • enough

    the only reason why the DEA raids these state legal businesses, is because our federal government doesn’t recognize a freaking plant as legal…. if they went after the ILLEGAL state drugs, full of incredibly harmful chemicals, their is a much much higher risk of having to use force or take lives.
    so they go after americans that are obeying laws in their state. not doing anything that their community deems illegal, and make a easy score.. and their is a much much greater probability of not getting shot at.
    how is this right?
    the people voted that they WANT THIS in their state!! why is our federal government doing this to american states?? what is going on?!? who’s making these decisions? how is this not wrong to do this to legal businesses in american states?

  • Justin

    Wow. I can sleep sooo much better at night knowing these “criminals” were shut down. What a crock of shit.

  • http://webpronews.com DaveD

    The Feds are keeping it in check because they know it won’t be long and Marijuana will be legalized everywhere, they want strict control when that happens so they can rake in the big tax dollars to fill their pockets, pet projects and senseless wars.

  • http://yahoo G

    meanwhile you can still get it “illegally” any where in the country and no one seems to be trying to stop the heroin trade ..!
    since the Afghan war supposedly Heroin has gotten cheaper for junky’s
    who’s bringing Heroin in from there and why has that gotten cheaper and Gas has not..! they are so misconstrued its gross.!

    • Please

      CIA makes money off of heroin. The trade will never be stopped. Also, why do you think morphine is used in so many hospitals. Part of the reason why we are in Afghanistan is because of the poppy fields. You really don’t think it is because of terrorism did you? Please. You have a better chance of being killed by a street gang member than you do a terrorist.

  • Jeff

    Obama and Holder are to blame for this travisty!

    • Chris in WI

      Yeah we shouldn’t have elected him in the 70s so he could sign the controlled substance act! /sarcasm OFF

      Only thing I don’t understand is why he doesn’t order AG Holder to DEschedule cannabis now!

    • stephen lacava

      Obama said feds wouldn’t pursue pot where legalized….he cant help lying..

  • TedThePilot

    Take that will of the people.

  • United States Citizen

    Obama is a hypocrite. He smoked out constantly in his earlier years. The guy will be remembered for doing nothing….

  • Please

    Please. Do you know how much the CIA makes off of drugs? The war on drugs is the biggest hypocrisy known to man. The only reason why they are illegal is because the government profits off of it. This isn’t some conspiracy theory either. Go look at your history and how black operations are funded. It is insane.

  • Reality

    People live in some deluded world when it comes to this country. The government simply profits off of illegal drugs and the states profit off of sending people to prison for drugs. Why in the world do you think our prisons are so full??? Why do you think we have the highest rates of incarceration in the history of the world??? Is it because Americans are so much worse than the rest of the world??? No. It is because there is a lot of money to be made by keeping things illegal and sending people to prison. There is a hidden economy in the United States and the government (federal, state, and local) is the biggest organized crime faction there is. They are worse than the mafia.

  • http://newbizshop.com derek

    O well, the people who use medical weed now will just get attached to pain killers or just die.

    Thanks for the raid, you make the real sick people happy they can not get there medicine. :)

  • http://yahoo rocket up 32

    What part of Schedule I Controlled Drugs can you not understand?

    • Amber

      Apparently you don’t read much about this and just take the word of the government to be the truth. If you’ve ever researched marijuana you’d understand it posses a lot of healing power. If they removed it from the list of schedule one narcotics researchers could possibly find cures to many drugs such as cancer in this drug….therefore taking money out of insurance and drug company’s hands. That’s why it’s a schedule one drug, not because it should be. Also on top of that the states have the right to have their own laws and these are to exceed to the federal laws…as the constitution states….but as many should know the government does whatever the hell they want. Therefore effecting many people in negative ways.

      • hughjasswhole

        I agree it has plenty of healing power, but so what, 95%+ of mj users just want to get stoned, leave the legitimate medical mj users alone, but that is hardly anyone, everyone I know that has a medical mj card doesn’t need it

  • jhn

    D E A aka “destroying everything American” and in this case the rights of the states to legalize medical and other marijuana use. Just think what would these thugs be doing if it the were not raiding clinics for the marijuana and busting cocaine dealers? What would the legalization of these 2 drugs do for them? Put them in a real job where they would actually work for a living like the rest of us instead of making a living off of other peoples drug use. Get a real job and go bust the bankers who steal from us everyday.

  • diggerdave

    well damn, grow your own dumbasses…………every med mj person plant 50 seeds every week until full!

  • http://ms1.gotdns.com jonny rocket

    sooo, is it legal or not?

  • hughjasswhole

    95% of medical mj is bullshtt…..suck it you hippies

  • All For States Rihhts

    If you believe this battle is just about getting high, we’re all in trouble. I certainly hope the state’s Attorneys General are getting together to file suit against the fascists in Washington D.C.

  • BD8

    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 NOT MEANT AS A FACTUAL STATEMENT