| Posted on Fri, March, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
The raids continue and our tax payers dolloars continue to be wasted at a time where our economy could sure use a boost in revenue instead continuing to waste funds on useless raids. What good will this do for the community? It's been proven dispensaries do not cause additional crime in areas, they simply help medical marijuana patients legally obtain their medicine at a safe and reliable facility. Taking away these places will just send medical patients to street dealers where they could end up with tainted meds or worse...
BELLINGHAM - Three Bellingham medical marijuana cooperatives were shut down and five people were arrested Thursday afternoon, March 15, after Bellingham Police officers raided the businesses.
Two people were arrested at the Northern Cross medical marijuana collective at 1311 Cornwall Ave., including owner Martin O. Nickerson. At The Joint Cooperative, 1311 11th St., one employee was arrested.
All three were booked into Whatcom County Jail for failure to appear for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. KGB Collective, 1130 Finnegan Way, was raided as well, though it was unclear if anyone was arrested at the store.
All three medical marijuana collectives were ordered to cease operations of their businesses immediately in letters delivered by the Bellingham Police March 9, after the collectives continued operating without business registrations. The city began to revoke or denied business registrations for medical marijuana dispensaries and co-ops in late 2011. Without those registrations, the businesses were operating in violation of municipal code.
The letters informed the collectives that "business activities involving the sale and distribution of marijuana" violate Washington state law, and "therefore constitute criminal behavior."
The collectives remained open after the letters, and Nickerson and the owner of The Joint were planning to fight the city's closure request. They hired a Seattle law firm to file an injunction with a motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the businesses to remain open. That was set to be filed Friday, March 16, and attorney Hilary Bricken said it still will. She described the raids as un-American, draconian and unconstitutional under state law.