In mid-May, two homes in Bremerton, Washington (across the Puget Sound from Seattle) were the victims of home invasion. Police believe the homes were targeted for dealing in marijuana.
Note: Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, on August 9, we’ve seen quite a few photos like this — and quite a bit of publicity about the militarization of police. When this photo to the left showed up in May for a marijuana bust, though, it was the first time we’d witnessed so much power for so little purpose.
Two suspects, Christopher R. Jamerson, 19, and Joanna Kimly Say, 18, were arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree robbery. The following day, two more suspects — one male and one female — were arrested in a separate location.
Police say the four suspects had targeted occupants of homes believed to be dealing marijuana.
“While the law on marijuana is changing, the decision by any resident to traffic in drugs results in negative consequences for the neighborhood, and these ‘drug rips’ are just one example,” Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a news release.
On November 5, 2012, Washington Initiative 502 (I-502) on “marijuana reform” was passed into law. Initiative 502 defines and legalizes small amounts of marijuana-related products for adults 21 and over. The law legalizes “use of marijuana products for adults 21 and over” and focuses “law enforcement resources on DUI prosecution as well as violent and property crimes. Personal ‘grows’ in one’s own home, except for medical cannabis as regulated under RCW 69.51A, will remain illegal.”
While under the law, personal “grows” are not allowed, I-502 does allow that “qualified patients with a valid recommendation and their designated providers have an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution if they possess up to 15 marijuana plants.”
Something to think about …
The bottom line is clear: the law is the law and citizens aren’t supposed to grow pot for resale. But, as we know, circumvention of the law is the business of many. Quite possibly, growing marijuana at home, legally or not, increases the risk of home invasion.