Forces In Excess

MONTANA: Late one night last October, a SWAT team from the police department in Billings, Montana, served a search warrant on what they thought was a home meth lab. Dressed in military gear and toting assault rifles and a battering ram, the officers surrounded the house. As one group staged near the front door, an officer knocked out a bedroom window and dropped a flash-bang grenade inside. The grenade landed next to a sleeping 12-year-old girl, where it exploded, inflicting second-degree burns on the girl’s back, abdomen, and arms.  [Read more…]

Forces In Excess

MONTANA: Late one night last October, a SWAT team from the police department in Billings, Montana, served a search warrant on what they thought was a home meth lab. Dressed in military gear and toting assault rifles and a battering ram, the officers surrounded the house. As one group staged near the front door, an officer knocked out a bedroom window and dropped a flash-bang grenade inside. The grenade landed next to a sleeping 12-year-old girl, where it exploded, inflicting second-degree burns on the girl’s back, abdomen, and arms.  [Read more…]

Medical Marijuana Advocate Slams Eric Holder's Speech: 'How Dare He'

CALIFORNIA: Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for “sweeping” changes to the way the Justice Department handles drug offenses Monday drew praise from lawmakers and civil rights activists.

But not all advocates were satisfied. [Read more…]

Marijuana patients protest feds raids on dispensaries

WASHINGTON: Juliana Plemitscher says she wouldn’t normally join a public protest against marijuana laws outside the federal building.

But after federal agents raided the medical marijuana dispensary where she goes to get medicine for her epilepsy, she felt stirred to action Wednesday. She joined 30 others outside the federal building on Second Avenue, holding signs to protest the federal government’s hard stance on marijuana.

Plemitscher thinks she missed the federal agents who raided the Seattle Cross dispensary on Capitol Hill on Tuesday by about 20 minutes. Employees told her it was closed when she arrived.