Friday, April 29, 2011

UPDATE: No raid, just paranoid dispensary owners

Posted on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

UPDATE: So, it turns out there was no sixth and final raid this morning at MHP. The owners there saw a gathering of patrol cars down the street and got, yes, paranoid.

Still, five dispensaries were raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday, and the governor is still pondering a veto.

Original post:

We just got a call at Inlander HQ telling us the sixth and final medical marijuana dispensary left operating in Spokane is being raided and shut down.

MHP, located at 306 N Freya, was the last dispensary to keep its doors open, after weeks of what appears to be a methodical federal effort to quash all dispensaries in Spokane.

First came the letter to the dispensaries' landlords from Eastern Washington's U.S. attorney, Michael Ormsby, telling them to evict their tenants. Many complied. Then warnings went to the operators themselves, which led to more closures.

And now, the raids, the final step.

In related news, the Washington Federation of State Employees hand-delivered a letter to the governor yesterday, asking to her fully veto the bill that would legalize dispensaries, something she's already suggested she would do.

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