Federal agents have again raided a marijuana dispensary at E Madison and 23rd Ave.
The same dispensary was raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency in fall of 2011. No charges were filed following the 2011 raid.
Wednesday’s raid was part of DEA operations in three counties against the same set of dispensaries also raided in 2011. In the previous raids, the Department of Justice claimed the dispensaries failed “to abide by state medical marijuana guidelines,” “were distributing large amounts of drugs,” and “laundering large amounts of money.”
The DEA issued only the following short statement following Wednesday’s raids. “Several search warrants were executed today involving marijuana storefronts in King, Thurston and Pierce Counties.”
The Seattle Cross location is one of a small handful of dispensary-type operations making their homes on the Hill including a longtime provider on 15th Ave E and a storefront on Broadway. These other marijuana providers were apparently not part of the most recent wave of DEA anti-pot activity in the region.
The raids follow the conviction of the owner of a Seattle marijuana cooperative earlier this year on federal drug charges.
With the legalization of recreational pot in Washington, Seattle is working on solutions for integrating the newly legal behavior into day to day life. Making pot smoking in public a ticketable offense could be one change. Sorting out pot rules — and rights — for renters will be another. City Attorney Peter Holmes will meet with the City Council Friday afternoon to update members of the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee on “City Policies on Public Consumption of Marijuana.”
Meanwhile, CHS is aware of thee separate marijuana-related businesses currently seeking pot-friendly real estate on Capitol Hill.