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SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police have raided a medical marijuana dispensary, shutting down the business and arresting the owners on drug charges. Police said Thursday it was the first time in the state that medical marijuana distributors had been arrested on a change of delivery of a controlled substance. Law officers searched a store called “Change” on Spokane’s north side, plus four private residences. Arrested were “Change” co-owners Scott Q. Shupe and Christopher P. Stevens. They were booked into the Spokane County Jail for delivery of marijuana. Police said the business was selling marijuana to more than 1000 customers. US Attorney General Says Obama’s Promises to End Medical Marijuana Raids… During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama, along with other major Democratic candidates, promised to stop the federal government’s raids on medical cannabis dispensaries. Medical cannabis-related raids continued, in South Lake Tahoe in January and in Mendocino County in February. Several national cannabis advocacy organizations encouraged supporters of medical cannabis to write to President Obama to ask him to stop the raids. Medical cannabis patients became concerned that Obama’s words had merely been an empty campaign promise, or that he could not reign in the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). In a February 25th press conference with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that ending federal medical marijuana raids …
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