Sheriff's Office Seizes 410 Marijuana Plants from Collective Garden Near Issaquah

The King County Sheriff's Office found that the operation was out of compliance with the number of plants and processed marijuana permitted, and the paperwork of the collective's members had expired.

King County Sheriff’s Detectives found 536 marijuana plants and approximately 65 pounds of processed marijuana while serving a search warrant on a house in the 12700 block of 195 Place SE, in unincorporated King County near Issaquah.

KCSO Sergeant Cindi West said the office received a tip about a marijuana operation and obtained a search warrant for the home.

Detectives executed the search warrant around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. Once inside the house detectives learned that the house had a “collective grow” of medical marijuana, of which nine occupants of the house were participants. 

Due to compliance issues detectives seized 401 of the 536 plants and 50 pounds of the processed marijuana found in the house. In addition to having more marijuana than permitted for medical use, West said the occupants also had expired paperwork for the medical marijuana.

In total, the most the group would have been allowed with their paperwork in order was 135 plants, West said.

According to the RCW defining collective marijuana gardens in Washington: no more than ten qualifying patients may participate in a single collective garden at any time; a collective garden may contain no more than fifteen plants per patient up to a total of forty-five plants; and collective garden may contain no more than twenty-four ounces of useable cannabis per patient up to a total of seventy-two ounces of useable cannabis. Patch has a call into KCSO to find out why more than 45 plants were left at the house.

Cash and a handgun were also seized and police said that one of the home’s occupants was a registered felon which prohibits him from having a firearm.

Detectives said no one was arrested at the time and the case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Editor's note: Portions of this information is from a King County Sheriff's Office press release

Sam Wayne Smith September 07, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Interesting situation ...Props to the SO for restraint and reason. If there are violations in evidence, then civil treatment us always proper procedure. Guns, money, felons and MMJ are a bad mix... Yeah, yeah.. I AM a felon and MMJ patient, so don't even begin the lecture.
Jeanne Gustafson September 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Not to lecture you personally in the least, Sam, but it sounds like the collective would have done well to use a little restraint in this case.
Malcolm Kyle September 07, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!
Jeanne Gustafson September 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hi Malcolm, I appreciate you commenting, you obviously have a passion for your position. From what you've said, though, I wonder if you read the article, which states that the collective was permitted to keep 135 plants and nearly 15 pounds of processed marijuana, despite the fact that their paperwork, which regulates what they can produce and have on hand (not prohibits) was out of order.
FlyingTooLow September 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
OK, paper work was out dated, too many plants, and one foolish felon who probably was not aware he was even near a firearm...other than that... What an incredible waste of law enforcement time and money. With all of the rhetoric surrounding the marijuana debate, the item most overlooked: Freedom of the individual. “…over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign”.” — from the essay On Liberty by John Stuart Mill What happened to, "This is a FREE country"? That is what we have been telling the rest of the world for decades. Please, let us live up to it. Lead by example. After spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense, I wrote: Shoulda Robbed a Bank No, it is not a treastise on disproportionate sentences, but a look at what the 'marijuana culture' is really about. People pursuing happiness in their own way, Harming no one...nor their property.


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