Archive for March 14th, 2011

by lizard

As reported by the Boston Herald:

HELENA, Mont. — Federal agents with guns drawn raided at least 10 medical marijuana operations across Montana on Monday, the same a day that a bill to repeal the state’s medical marijuana law stalled in the Legislature.

Agents near Helena burst into Montana Cannabis’ greenhouse, where the company grows more than 1,600 plants for its four stores across the state. The greenhouse runs about half the length of a football field and is packed with marijuana plants that can be seen from U.S. Highway 12.

About 15 workers were inside the warehouse during the morning raid. Montana Cannabis employee Brett Thompson, 30, said he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and saw agents running up the driveway.

“They came in, guns drawn, got us down on the ground and in cuffs as fast as they could,” Thompson said.

Federal agents detained Thompson and his co-workers in handcuffs outside the greenhouse, where sheriff’s deputies and Helena police officers stood guard. Inside, agents in DEA and FBI jackets wearing respirator masks and blue gloves yanked waist-high plants from their pots and hauled them out of sight wrapped in blue tarps.

It was not immediately clear why the raids took place.

I wonder what members of the Tea Party think about this ugly flexing of Federal muscle in flagrant disregard of Montana state law.

And I wonder if this glaring chance to put aside the legislative wrangling over MM and speak from both sides of the isle that this Federal intrusion into state business is wrong will go to waste.

Instead it’s more likely the Tea Party will stay silent because they are a bunch of ideological hypocrites that don’t give a shit when the evil Feds stomp on something they vehemently disapprove of. But Obamacare and the Endangered Species Act? NULLIFICATION!!!

Hell, they’re probably ringing up the ATF/DEA/FBI at this very moment, feverishly warning them about the Mexican Drug Cartels that moved in the moment a majority of Montanans voted to declare that this demonized herb could be legally used as medicine.

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