Medical marijuana dispensaries have all but been eradicated from the already dry town of Bellingham, Washington. Yesterday afternoon, local authorities raided and shut down three out of the nine known dispensaries in Bellingham: the KGB Collective, The Joint Cooperative, and Northern Cross.
Two individuals were arrested at Northern Cross, one at At The Joint, and two more at KGB Collective. All three collectives were issued letters to cease and desist their activity on March 9th, as local authorities claimed they were operating illegally. The collectives, however, remained open and a mere week later the police decided to intervene.
The decision of the police to use handcuffs was met with criticism from an attorney that, ironically, today filed a temporary motion that would allow the dispensaries to remain open.
“We want to get in court as quickly as we can so we can relay to a judge what’s gone down today,” Bricken said Thursday. “In our opinion, the handcuffs did not need to come out. What (the collectives are) doing is lawful.” [Bellingham Herald]