Federal authorities have started reacting to state laws decriminalizing marijuana in at least one location.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials have confirmed that they conducted a series of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in the Seattle area.
Marijuana is decriminalized in Colorado and Washington State, and almost 20 other states have laws regulating its medical use. On a federal level, however, marijuana is still illegal, meaning that federal agencies can still supersede state law and enforce the ban.
One of the dispensaries that the feds hit was the Bayside Collective. Casey Lee, who works at the clinic, said that agents with guns drawn seized business records and about $2,500 worth of marijuana that was supposed to be used by cancer patients.
"It's humiliating," Lee said. "They don't get to see the cancer patients."
"One of the DEA agents said: 'This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?'" Lee said. He added that one of the agents told him, "Things are going to be hell for you."
"I just told him it's because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn't expecting that answer,” Lee said.
According to reports, the raid on Bayside was part of a two-year investigation that is scheduled to go before a grand jury in September, The Atlantic Wire reported.