Seized Marijuana Legalization Petitions Missing

The campaign director for Washington state’s marijuana legalization effort is unable to account for eight petitions allegedly seized from a medical marijuana dispensary by a drug task force during a raid two weeks ago.

“WestNET says it only seized two petitions,” Philip Dawdy told RAWSTORY in a phone interview. “What I am told by personnel at North End Club 420 is that ten petitions were seized. There are as many as eight sheets that are not accounted for at this point. There is a discrepancy between what WestNET has given back to us and what the dispensary says was seized. I can’t sort that discrepancy out.”

Sensible Washington is seeking to “remove state civil and criminal penalties for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana” through the initiative process. In order to get Initiative 1068 onto the November ballot in Washington, they must submit 241,153 valid signatures by July 2. Dawdy says his volunteers have collected over 100,000 but plan to triple that total over the next five weeks.

On the morning of May 11, detectives from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, a federally-funded, multi-jurisdictional task force showed up at the home of North End Club 420 patient coordinator Christine Casey. According to published reports, she says they held a gun to the head of her 14-year-old son and he was handcuffed for two hours. Adding insult to injury, they also seized $80 in cash from her 9-year old daughter’s Mickey Mouse purse. She had already caught the bus to school that morning. Casey says she had $80 because she was rewarded for making straight A’s.

– Read more at Raw Story.


Drug Cops Targeting Tacoma Medical Marijuana Dispensary Allegedly Handcuff Teen and Take Money from 9-Year-Old

by Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly

In the wake of a series of raids last week targeting a Tacoma medical marijuana dispensary, a Kitsap County mother is claiming that drug cops mistreated her son, took money from her daughter, and trashed her house.

Christine Casey, patient coordinator of North End Club 420, tells the Weekly that detectives from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNet) who came to her house in Olalla (west of Vashon Island) handcuffed her 14-year-old son for two hours and put a gun to his head. They also told the kid to say goodbye to his dad, Guy Casey, because the dispensary owner was going to prison.

And as the detectives looked for cash to prove that the dispensary was illegally profiting from pot sales, Casey says, they confiscated $80 that her 9-year-old daughter had received from her family for a straight-A report card. Where did they find it?

In the girl’s Mickey Mouse wallet, according to Casey. She also claims that the cops dumped out all her silverware, busted a hole in the wall, and broke appliances. She alleges, too, that the cops finger-wrote “I sell pot” in the dust covering the family’s Hummer (which the cops then seized).

WestNet did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

The federally-funded, multi-jurisdictional task force came to Casey’s home because Guy Casey, her ex-husband, still lives on the property in a guest house. A 48-year-old with arthritic knees, according to Christine Casey, he also grows pot there, both for himself and for another medical marijuana patient.

Casey says her daughter had already gone to school when the detectives arrived, around 8:30 a.m. on May 11. But her son had missed the bus and had just gone to the guest house to tell his dad when he ran into the detectives. According to Casey, the cops said they handcuffed the boy because “they just wanted to keep him safe” as they questioned Guy Casey and several friends who were visiting.

According to court documents filed with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office (see pdf), WestNet found $3,000 and 76 pot plants at the home (about half of which were small seedlings, Casey says). State law allows medical marijuana patients to keep only 15 plants on hand unless they can prove medical need for more. The task force also found 200 baggies of packaged marijuana at the dispensary itself.

The court documents say the raids followed an undercover operation in which a police operative repeatedly bought marijuana at the dispensary without producing a doctor’s recommendation, as state law requires before someone can legally use marijuana. The documents also say that the dispensary was charging double the street value for the pot.

Casey and Michael Allison, who also works at the dispensary, insist they never sell pot without seeing a doctor’s note and say they assume the confidential operative showed a fake recommendation. They also deny overcharging.

Even if that is true, the two men who run the business–Guy Casey and Michael Schaef–could face legal consequences. State law makes it illegal to provide pot to more than one person at a time, outlaws the sale of marijuana whatever the price.

– Article from Seattle Weekly.

Comments

8 Comments

  1. christine on

    I guess it was also the parents fault the kid missed the bus so,he deserved having a gun 2 his head!god I pitty fools like you, and your ignorance that harm all of

  2. one12alpha on

    For anyone who’s ever been in a US prison(probably the same elsewhere), or even worked at one, you know that those who’ve raped or abused children resulting in their imprisonment, don’t get a warm welcome. Often times child molesters end up in segregation for their own protection. If that cop made ended up in prison, for anything, he’d be beat for being a cop, then stabbed for putting a gun in a child’s face, and probably stabbed again for taking the kids money, and again for blaming the parents for it all.

    Yes, even convicted felons care about the children…they’re people too.

  3. Anonymous on

    That comment borders on the type of ridiculous these cops are getting on with, Mikey. I suppose you believe it’s the girls fault for dressing scantily when they get raped.

  4. David762 on

    The DEA and associated Local / State LEOs must be feeling some desperation as the legalistic justification for their future employment and/or existence continues to melt away with the piecemeal deconstruction of the War OF Drugs and Prohibition 2.0. So sorry that I have little to no compassion for these thieving, lying, murderous thugs. Unfortunately, matters regarding LE are likely to get worse before they get better.

  5. Anonymous on

    ANother DEA replacement force to add more burden, useless laws and waste of time & money!!!. COPS ARE OBSESSED WITH THEIR POWERS OF BRUTALITY, THEy WILL PUT A GUN TO A KIDS HEAD, AND THIS FAGOT THINKS ITS OK BECAUSE A KID HAD MONEY ON HER!!!!!!!…. ITS THE PARENTS FAULT???? SOUNDS LIKE THE LAW IS CAUSING MORE CHILD ABUSE THAN THE CRIMINALS ARE!!!!! THE OFFICER SHOULD BE FIRED AND PUT IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous on

    You can’t be serious, Mikey.

  7. Mikey Evans on

    Having been a parent, there is really no need for a 9 year old to have 80 dollars anywhere but in the bank, or piggy bank. That seems like a bit of irresponsible parenting.

  8. Paul Goodman on

    More government sanctioned abuse of citizens. Barry Cooper is right when he says “DON’T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT”!