Federal agents raided more than a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area Thursday, Nov. 21, six weeks before Colorado is scheduled to open the recreational marijuana stores that its voters authorized.
The DEA raids may wake people up to the fact that the U.S. Justice Department has not given the green light to legal marijuana in Colorado or here in Washingon, despite widespread use of that metaphor. In August 2013, when the feds said they would lay off the planned state-sanctioned stores in Washington and Colorado, they made it clear they would crack down if the states failed to meet a long list of conditions on their operations.
Here's our blog post from last August, with links to the relevant pronouncements from the Justice Department and from U.S. Attorneys in Seattle and Spokane.
Among other things, the U.S. Attorneys in this state made it clear that they take a dim view of the medical marijuana dispensaries. The feds raided several dispensaries in the Seattle area just last summer.