Feds Raid Montana Medical Marijuana Operations


Federal agents raided a dozen medical marijuana operations in Montana on Monday but no one is saying why. Medical marijuana has been legal in Montana since 2004 when voters approved Initiative 148, allowing patients and their caregivers to grow and possess a restricted number of pot plants.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed search warrants at 12 businesses in six cities across Montana. A spokeswoman in the U.S. attorney's office in Montana confirmed the raids but said the search warrants were under seal and would not comment further. While dozens of employees at the medical marijuana stores were handcuffed while agents seized computers and plants, only one was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

BW recently visited the 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana operation in Ontario, Ore., where a number of Idaho patients are known to visit.