DEA Weighs In On Washington State Medical Marijuana Law


Drug Enforcement Administration
Matthew G. Barnes, Special Agent in Charge, Seattle Field Division, DEA: “The DEA remains committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in all states”

​Protest the DEA’s Raids on Safe Access in Washington State, 11 a.m., Federal Building, Downtown Seattle

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday evening, amidst ongoing dispensary raids, released a statement on Washington state’s medical marijuana laws.

“It has never been our policy to target individuals with serious illness,” claimed Special Agent in Charge Matthew Barnes, reports David Haviland at KBKW. “However, there are those operating commercial storefronts cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana under the guise of state medical marijuana laws and exploiting such activities to satisfy their own personal greed.
“The DEA remains committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in all states,” Barnes said.
Barnes didn’t say how the DEA would judge the difference between those who are obeying state medical marijuana laws and those who aren’t, but did seem to indicate that the agency would only be going after those in violation of both state and federal law. But who knows what the hell these federal bureaucrats even mean when they talk; they’re so full of lies, a thick lie-cloud envelops every word they utter.
“The coordinated enforcement actions of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and our state and local law enforcement partners involve violations of both state and federal law,” Barnes said.

“The DEA will exercise its investigative authority to pursue criminal actions for any violation of federal law, when warranted,” Barnes said. “This includes investigating organizations or individuals that grow, manufacture or distribute any illegal drug to include marijuana, and those who rent or maintain a property to facilitate drug trafficking.”
If you disagree with the DEA attacking safe access for medical marijuana patients in Washington state, it’s time to speak up and speak out.
A protest of the DEA’s actions will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. Spread the word.
What: Protest federal medical cannabis raids

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11 a.m.

Where: Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave. in downtown Seattle