Police raids and the cannabis industry unfortunately often go hand-in-hand, and lately there have been a couple of oddball occurrences that are raising criticism over how unprofessionally police officers are conducting themselves as they target both cannabis establishments and medical marijuana patients.
Most recently, video surveillance caught one Santa Ana, California police officer chowing down on a cannabis edible and others playing a game of darts during a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary. The officer who consumed the edible was reportedly caught on video inspecting the treat before popping it into his mouth and making a "thumbs up" gesture, which is a) stealing, and b) unprofessional, to say the least.
But it's a raid in Michigan that really takes the "are you effing kidding me" cake when it comes to police misconduct. A medical marijuana user by the name of Ginnifer Hency recently gave a testimony before the Michigan state House Judiciary Committee to provide her account of a raid that was conducted on her house in July 2014. Hency was legally using medical marijuana to help manage the pain she experienced from multiple sclerosis, and she was also registered as a legal state caregiver for five other MMJ patients. Nonetheless, a drug task force raided her house while she and four children were present, and they took everything. And by "everything," I mean everything.
In addition to being charged with possession with intent to deliver (despite the fact that Ms. Hency is legally allowed to both possess and deliver in accordance to Michigan state laws), all of her and her children's belongings were confiscated for 10 months, long after a county judge dropped the charges against her. Among those belongings were a ladder, both her and her children's iPads, her children's phones, medicine for Hency's patients, and…a vibrator.
That's right, a medical marijuana patient's adult toy was taken during a cannabis raid. For what purpose, I have no idea. Did authorities think it was used to grind flower or something? Or maybe they were operating under specific instructions to confiscate anything that "administers a strong buzz" a bit too literally. Either way, I think we can agree that the nabbed items were beyond excessive to the point that Hency seemed to be targeted for vindictive reasons.
Lending plausibility to that idea was the fact that Hency alleged that the prosecutor for her case said to her after the charges were dropped, "Well, I can still beat you in civil court. I can still take your stuff." Pretty despicable, if you ask me. (Oh, and Ms. Hency, I hope you disposed of your vibrator after it was returned to you — you don't know where that thing's been.)