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Police Say IED’s Found During Raid On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

SPRINGFIELD, Mich. — Three medical marijuana dispensaries operating near Battle Creek in the small community of Springfield were raided Wednesday by members of the Southwest Enforcement Team.

Law enforcement said they found around 150 marijuana plants, more than 20 IED’s, or improvised explosive devices, seven guns, and 57,000 rounds of ammunition.

Michigan State Police issued a release, saying there was evidence the three dispensaries were conducting illegal marijuana sales.

Happy Daze, also known as the Riverview Wellness Center, and the Southwest Compassion Care Center, both located on North 20th Street were raided Wednesday morning.

“It was pretty scary the guys in the ski masks, pretty intimidating, putting guns in your face, and stuff like that when we`re non threatening people,” said Matt McMurtrie, owner of the Southwest Compassion Care Center.

McMurtrie said it was around 10 am when law enforcement came to the door with guns drawn.

He said they tore the place apart and took medical marijuana, electronics and money not only from the business, but from employee’s pockets.

“I kind of feel like it was just thieves with badges,” said McMurtrie.

He said it was all very surprising since he felt they had been following the law.
“We`ve never had one single complaint form the City of Springfield or from Battle Creek in the whole time we`ve been established, ” said McMurtrie.

The Karmacy on West Dickman was also raided.

The owner on that business is listed as Kiel Howland.
State Police say they found more than 20 explosive devices, ammunition and guns there.

Karmacy attorney, Bruce Leach, defended the business, saying the guns there were registered legally and the notion that the Karmacy was hoarding IED’s was “ridiculous.” He said they were legal fireworks someone had purchased for the upcoming fourth of July holiday.

Perhaps most surprising to those involved, the raid on Springfield City offices to get the paperwork on the dispensary licenses.

McMurtrie said the city officials were treated just like people at the pot dispensaries, their documents taken and pictures taken as well.

He said for those who felt they were following state law, it’s a confusing situation.

“They are treating them like also like criminals, city manager, the secretary, the treasurer everybody who works for the city of Springfield,” said McMurtrie. “They are almost trying to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens and I think that`s the wrong thing to do.”

McMurtie said now that the raid has happened, he’s most concerned for the medical marijuana patients who no longer have access to their medication because it was taken.

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12 Comments to “Police Say IED’s Found During Raid On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries”

    What? said:
    June 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Weed is not medicine. The end.

      mike said:
      June 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Its also far less harmful for you and society than booze. Make alcohol illegal then we can talk about weed. Booze is the elephant in the room. Weed is basically only illegal because all you need is some dirt and a seed to make your own,and the government then couldnt get their greedy dirty paws on the taxes of weed exchanging hands. Most people arent capable of or going to bother making their own spirits or even brewing their own beer,and even then you cant grow your own ingredients so no matter what the revenue agents with guns get a taste. Police departments are drunk on power and the profits they get from the drug war that help pay their salary and buy nice new equipment with which to violate our rights with.

      Peter B said:
      June 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      Vegetables are not food. The end.

      thomas gray said:
      June 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      That is because medicine has a bad name because the pharmaceutical companies have bastardized all medicines with side effects added to make sure something else gets you back into a doctors office or a hospital or the morgue they put into all their "so called medical" pills!!! The only side effect of weed is it cures what is ailing you then you will get a good nights sleep!!! Wow that makes it so dangerous!!! President Obama used it prolifically during his teenage years even coiuning the phrase "roof hits" then went on to be elected twice to president of the so called free world by its citizens !!! But he became brain dead from all the money the pharmaceutical companies paid him to keep weed illegal

    Servetus said:
    June 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Citizens once had to worry about getting a gun or drugs planted on them during an arrest. Now a few fireworks and bold headlines in the local yellow press is the latest app tool to be used by corrupt cops to hang terrorist charges on medical care providers.

    You can tell a lot about a society by examining who it prosecutes, and who it leaves alone.

    Me1 said:
    June 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Face masks on law enforcement? Why? So THEY can't be identified in any wrong doing?

    Yakimaniacal said:
    June 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Worthless, despicable, vile, sub-human refuse. This is the FED. This is what has become of a once great nation. A gestapo protecting their dirty drug running cartel money to fund more covert destruction of humanity.

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