DEA agents in Washington (and other states) have had surveillance on marijuana dispensaries for some time now, which is no surprise to us. The federal and local law enforcement agents have wasted large amounts of cash while investigating these medical marijuana dispensaries. In Washington, agents spent weeks staking out at different dispensaries watching from a distance as patients entered and left with medical marijuana. Do these agents not have any serious crimes to investigate? It’s pretty obvious that patients get marijuana from dispensaries.
Several months ago, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration decided that the three locations of the G.A.M.E. (which stands for Greenpiece Alternative Medicine and Education) Collective, all owned by Brionne Corbray, needed surveillance. When DEA agents began watching the dispensary and its employees, “the spying didn’t uncover anything particularly suspicions,” according to court documents. In fact, the investigation into G.A.M.E., which began back on July 27, wasn’t able to accomplish much more than sending a paid informant into the dispensary who, on several occasions, bought small amounts of marijuana. According to the search warrant affidavit, this informant has a legitimate doctor’s authorization for medical marijuana, so the purchases he or she made at G.A.M.E. were perfectly legal.
But there’s more! The informant “reported seeing several people getting high on the premises.” That’s because G.A.M.E.’s White Center location has advertised the fact for months that on-site medication is permissible in its lounge. That is why it is called G.A.M.E Collective lounge. Really, we should be impressed with the investigation which is spending thousands of dollars to tell us things we already know.
That wasn’t even the best of it though. While these blockheads were hiding across the street watching the dispensaries, one of the DEA agents reports that he became suspicious when many of the customers were in their 20s and 30s and he felt they didn’t fit the medical marijuana patient profiles. The agent did not observe anyone that required a wheel chair, crutches or walkers that entered the dispensary. The lost agent even wrote in the search warrant affidavit, “I know from personal experience, as well as observations of patients suffering from illnesses — such as certain kinds of cancer, AIDS, or Multiple Sclerosis – the physical toll such illnesses take on a person’s body as well as the side effects of their treatment,” “I know through experience and observations that hair loss, weight loss, lack of energy, difficulty in the ability to walk or to move limbs, or labored breathing are common and observable signs of such illnesses, during this surveillance, I did not observe anyone who entered or exited The G.A.M.E. Collective exhibiting these signs.” the agent also wrote.
Can you believe these allegations among the written justifications for the armed raid on G.A.M.E. were from medical evaluations made my DEA agents with no medical training and from across the street? “These observations, of course, are patently ridiculous,” write Hamilton at the Seattle Weekly. “A DEA agent cannot possibly appraise a person’s medical condition and history from his stakeout spot across the street.”