Police raid marijuana operation in downtown Issaquah home

November 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Police discovered more than 150 marijuana plants during a raid on a downtown Issaquah home, and later arrested a 52-year-old man involved in the grow operation.

Officers surrounded a home in the 100 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 to serve a search warrant. Police called for occupants to come outside and, after officers realized the home was empty, entered the building and discovered the plants.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said charges have not been filed against the man arrested in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Behrbaum said the grow operation was connected to a medical marijuana operation based in Seattle.

Under state law, medical marijuana is legal, but the law caps the number of plants per collective garden and a city ordinance limits locations for medical marijuana cultivation.

The state law allows up to 10 qualifying patients to join together and form a collective garden of up to 45 plants, so long as the marijuana is not visible from public spaces.

Washington voters recently passed Initiative 502 to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. The law is poised to go into effect Dec. 6, but officials said the Washington State Liquor Control Board could take up to a year to establish rules for growing, processing, selling and possessing marijuana.

“Even though there are rules, they are still gray,” Behrbaum said.

In the days after I-502  passed, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg dismissed 175 cases involving people 21 and older for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, and King County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped arresting people caught with 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

Issaquah police officers do not plan to enforce the law retroactively, as the prosecutor’s and sheriff’s offices decided to do.

Initiative 692, passed in 1998, allows people suffering from certain medical conditions to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana.

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  1. Malcolm Kyle on November 29th, 2012 3:55 am

    When we regulate something we do NOT automatically condone it’s use; the regulations concerning alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality that would otherwise exist if these substances were prohibited.

    A regulated and licensed distribution network for all mind altering substances would put responsible adult supervision in between children and premature access to drug distribution outlets (illegal street dealers). Regulated and licensed distribution would reflect and respect society’s values, thus preventing children obtaining easy access to these dangerous substances. What we need is legalized regulation. What we have now, due to prohibition, is a non-regulated black market to which everybody has access and where all the profits go to organized crime and terrorists.

    If you support prohibition then you support bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. There’s simply no other logical way of looking at it.

    It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow citizens.

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