I was raided by Law Net regarding Marijuana on the property. They obtained a warrant from leaf clippings found in the garbage of our multi-apartment style house. Let me quickly add that we are one of three Michigan Medical Marihuana growers on the property, but the only ones who were raided.
My name is Christina and I am a young 23 year old mother of 3! I am also a Michigan Medical Marihuana Patient, (MMMP).
I first received my card in October 2010, and have been since. I've suffered from back spasms due to scoliosis since I was 10 years old. My husband and I have grown since January 2010. Since then, we have had countless inspections from the City of Ypsilanti, whose seen our grow, and regulated it. It has been a known fact by the city for years. Which makes what I am about to tell you all the more troubling.
Just a small incite on what my family dealt with... They came in my house, almost shot my German Sheppard, who I jumped on to save and woke my 4 year old daughter up out of her sleep with a gun in her face!
We repeatedly asked to see the warrant but they would not show it to us or comment on it. During the raid we didn't understand why they were acting like such animals, screaming at us to "shut the
(F bomb) up", telling us that my family home was now "their playground", even though we had presented our cards, and they knew we were "Legal".
Mind you- LAW NET is a state ran agency. In our defense we repeatedly asked for our lawyer, which they denied us. All of this makes no sense to me when I am being raided by the state or LAW NET for something the state said I can do? The end resulted in not only me being tortured and terrified by this, but my kids too. They took all of our Medical Marihuana, that we had cards for, and also every last piece of growing equipment we had, totaling in over $7,500 worth of property taken.
After LAWNET cleaned house, they left a warrant and a list of the property they confiscated. Everything they took was listed in detail except for the amount of meds they took (which deemed me over limit, according to them) keep in mind it was still wet, as I had just harvested the day before. When I asked how to get my property back; they informed me to pay a bond to the Michigan state police LAWNET team, in the amount of $250. I met the same officer that raided my house at the state police station in Ypsilanti one week later to pay the bond.
LAWNET sent a letter to my sister in-law who lives overseas, but owns the house where we live, telling her that there were illegal activities going on and narcotics were found on the property and that if she doesn't evict us, she will lose her house to forfeiture.
Called the Washtenaw county court clerk and asked if there was a warrant or a pending court date. Their answer was no.
A city police officer showed up at the door and I answered it and asked him what he wanted. He said he needed to talk to Rami. I told the officer to show me a warrant and denied the officer access to the house. He pushed his way into the house and found that Rami had left. So the officer arrested me for interfering because I would not give up Rami’s location. After I was in hand cuffs he tried bargaining with me telling me if I get Rami to come back he wouldn’t take me to jail. Rami was advised by his lawyer to not come back so he can find out what his charges were exactly and turn himself in later the next day so he would not lose his job. I was then taken to Ypsilanti police station, booked, finger printed, then released.
My list of questions:
1. Why were we raided when the City of Ypsilanti and the City of Ypsilanti Police Department knew we were Medical Marihuana Patients?
2. How did they accumulate a warrant for my unit, when the garbage is shared by 2 other dwellings?
3. Why were we denied our legal right to have a lawyer present?
4. Why were we denied our right to see the warrant?
5. How/why are they sending letters stating we are doing illegal activities and are in possession of illegal narcotics when
A. We are Medical Marihuana Patients, and possessed nothing but.
B. We haven't even been convicted of anything!
Upon doing a small investigation, I found that LAW NET is cracking Medical Marihuana left and right. Not only that but they are known for boughs raids with false or no warrant. Also, they've been known to swipe items and drugs from their forfeitures. This is very interesting to me, considering that they didn’t specify an exact or even a roundabout amount of Marihuana they seized from us. I feel like I was robbed by a team of masked men with badges on. This is ridiculous I don't know how to fight this but this is not only a problem with me it’s a growing epidemic. It needs to be brought up and dealt with because innocent people are being destroyed by this. I'm telling you right now, although I have always been a smoker, I would not have started growing if I knew this was going to happen, but I can also say I would have never started if the state didn't say I could.
Right now, I don't know what to do, but I am in a desperate state and I am reaching out to anyone and everyone, I want this public I do not and will not sit by as my life and other lives get destroyed over this issue.. As they say; ignorance of the law is not an excuse. But when it’s the police who are wrong, whose there to tell THEM ignorance is not an excuse?!