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DEA raiding marijuana dispensaries in Puget Sound region

DEA raiding marijuana dispensaries in Puget Sound region
TACOMA, Wash. -- Federal agents have raided at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region.

The federal action is happening as the state is beginning to legalize marijuana with the implementation of I-502. But at Tacoma Cross -- one of the targeted dispensaries, there is a sign on the door stating they were closed until further notice.

To the south, another dispensary to get raided was the Bayside Collective in Olympia, where federal drug enforcement agents seized several marijuana plants, cell phones and computers. But on Facebook, dispensary owners said there were no arrests.

"We're not sure if they're going out to the other collectives but we're just letting you know that we were raided and we're OK and we're fine and we're not in jail," they wrote on their Facebook page. "They did take all of our stuff but we are still going to be here to continue this fight."

The DEA won't say why these places were targeted, but one medicinal marijuana customer believes it's simply a crackdown on illegal activity.

"I think the action today is a good indication that the federal government doesn't want drug dealers inside a holistic industry," said Micah Anderson. "And this is the first step in the right direction to limit these drug dealers and put holistic health care where it belongs with patients helping patients out."

A leading marijuana lawyer says there's been a lull in federal enforcement.

"And I think people have misinterpreted that lull," said Doug Hiatt. "And I think that the federal government’s making up its mind what it's going to do and to interpret that lull as acceptance was a really bad idea."

One medicinal marijuana client who wanted to remain anonymous said it's an inevitable fight between the federal and state governments.

"The voters voted. We 'll see what happens," the person said. "I think things will be brought to the supreme court level at some point and this is a good test for the constitution of the United States of America."

Right now, Tacoma Cross will stay closed as will the other dispensaries until further notice, and KOMO News has heard many other dispensaries after they got word of this raid started shutting down too, hoping to be skirted by the DEA.

Even though we know of no arrests, those cited were told they needed to appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle in September.