Drug Enforcement Administration Sets Its Sights on Washington State
Similar to the continuing waves of education-related dispensary closures nearby in Colorado, Washington received its first round of letters from the DEA as 23 facilities were warned to close before being subject to federal enforcement. The rationale mimics that of U.S. Attorney General John Walsh’s ongoing action as the targeted storefronts have been cited due to their proximity to schools. The letters were sent out last Thursday in tandem with a statement released by the DEA in which Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration noted that the government expects Washington dispensaries to follow suit with their Colorado brethren and close quietly without incident. Unlike the hordes of marijuana stores in Los Angeles, California intent on staying open past the enactment date of its municipal ban, waves of warning letters in Colorado were met with no need for raid or legal action as all targeted shops heeded the federal government’s warnings and halted operations.
Further speculation into the DEA’s actions leads to the status of Washington’s medical marijuana legislation, one that is often hailed as the most unregulated system in the country. In sharp contrast to the laws in place in states such as California and Arizona which place state-wide control over dispensary services to patients, Washington law permits groups of ten patients to harvest marijuana for their usage. Heavier regulation is left to a local level which has lead to lax policies and exploited legislation.
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