So much for states' rights E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Despite changing attitudes in the general population about marijuana, along with laws passed by voters in at least 13 states, the federal war on marijuana rolls on. According to reports from the Associated Press, federal agents have raided at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region recently.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood refused provide details about how many dispensaries were being targeted or how many search warrants were being executed.

Washington State legalized adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last fall.

Seattle medical marijuana attorney Douglas Hiatt said the targeted dispensaries include Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Bayside Collective in Olympia.

"The voters voted," Hiatt told reporters.

"We'll see what happens. I think things will be brought to the Supreme Court level at some point, and this is a good test for the constitution of the United States of America."

Bayside Dispensary employee Addy Norton said agents told her the raid was part of a two-year investigation, and she said she was ordered to appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle in September.

The enforcement of federal drug laws in states where voters have decriminalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use will certainly prove a test for so-called constitutional sheriffs and other self-described Oath Keepers.

It will be interesting to see if the same passion surrounding federal encroachment on Americans’ second amendment rights extends to their rights in other areas.  


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