Five dispensaries in Michigan were raided by state police and DEA narcotics agents on December 10th as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged drug trafficking charges against several dispensaries. The raids were mainly against the Blue Water Compassion Center chain of dispensaries, which had locations raided in Kimball, Denmark, and Worth Townships in addition to private locations related to dispensary owners Jim and Debra Amsdill.
In a report in The Times Herald, dispensary manager Mark Sochacki argued that the dispensaries “follow strict guidelines” under Michigan’s Compassionate Care Initiative, passed by voters in November 2008. According to Sochacki, authorities destroyed marijuana, tinctures, oils and edibles. It’s unknown at this point whether or not there were any arrests.
The Blue Water Compassion Center chain consists of three centers and its 26 staff members service 3,500 patients, some of them suffering with cancer and multiple sclerosis. In addition to the drug seizure, patient files, money, and Toys for Tots donations were also taken from the dispensaries. Hopefully, Michigan citizens will sleep better at night knowing that these caretakers can no longer medicate the 3,500 people that depend on them or give those toys to hundreds of under-privileged kids this past weekend.
While this reads like a crappy satire or fiction, it’s not. Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette has a dictactor’s view of cannabis. If you’d like to help the Amsdills and other Michigan caregivers, you can find resources at the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers.