Medical marijuana advocates said Tuesday they weren’t surprised by the government raids on dispensaries, but were still concerned.
“This is going to be what the end of Prohibition may look like occasionally. It’s going to be a bit of a mess, and I’m sure it was a mess when alcohol Prohibition was coming apart,” said Philip Dawdy of the Washington Alternative Medicine Alliance.
“I can tell you that people are scared to death. There's multiple collectives that closed today around 1 o'clock,” he said.
John Davis of the Northwest Patient Resource Center said, however, that he never considered closing his dispensary in Seattle.
“I was a little surprised (by the raids), but there have been a lot of business practices out there that have been less than typical,” he said. “And we figured that at some point they would be looked at.”
“The governor’s veto caused a huge amount of problems and certainly this was one of the outcomes we feared could happen -- the feds and other local authorities really bringing the hammer down on places,” Dawdy said.