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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Liquor Board Apologizes for Dispensary Visit

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On Friday, an enforcement officer from the Washington State Liquor Control Board entered a Kent medical cannabis dispensary and requested access to the secure areas of the building for "training purposes." The action came one day after the federal government declared that it would not seek to overturn Washington's legal pot law.

"It was very surprising. We were definitely caught off guard," says Angie R., co-owner of Lady Buds in Kent. "We've had the local police in here before and their approach is much different—we actually like them. When this woman walked in, her attitude was completely different, like she thought she was in charge."

Liquor Control Board Director Rick Garza is similarly shocked by the move. "We're gonna have to figure out why one of our officers felt the need to visit a dispensary," says Garza. "We have not instructed enforcement staff to do anything related to medical marijuana dispensaries, and as you probably know, we don't have authority over medical cannabis."

Garza notes that the liquor board has many new marijuana licensing staff and the agency typically sends new employees out with enforcement officers to get a sense of what the liquor enforcement job entails. The agency has been inside many dispensaries during the I-502 rulemaking process, but officers should never stop by a medical pot shop uninvited, he emphasizes, saying the officer's decision was a personal one that is being investigated.

The timing couldn't be worse for the agency, Garza laments, given the Department of Justice announcement one day prior. "Some people are paranoid that the liquor board is out to close down all the medical dispensaries and that's just not the case," he stresses. "I'm a little embarrassed. It plays into the paranoia some people have."

Liquor Control Board Chief of Enforcement Justin Nordhorn contacted Lady Buds to apologize for the mishap. "He admitted that the Liquor Control Board has no jurisdiction and that woman had no right to be in here and she overstepped her authority," says co-owner Angie. "He apologized profusely, said they are taking this very seriously and that they are looking into it."

Garza hopes the incident won't cast a negative light on the agency's legal pot work. "It's just unfortunate that it happened. We respect the rights of patients who use medicinal marijuana."

Lady Buds is pleased with the apology. "I was irate, pissed off, and everything else yesterday," says Angie. "I feel much better today."

UPDATE 3:05 p.m. Liquor Enforcement Officer Diana Peters—the one who visited the dispensary—emailed an apology (to a third party who emailed a complaint) for the faux pas:


Sir, my visit was merely to gain “personnel” understanding of a “medical marijuana facility.” Yes, the state is in the process of regulating the marijuana but we are not taking any enforcement actions until next year and that would still “not pertain to your establishment.” My intent was only to gain a understanding from your staff. I had done a routine unannounced premise check at the “Liquor Store” beside your business and thought I’d ask. We have other Officers in the Seattle area that have been given complimentary tours by other “Medical Marijuana Facilities” and they gained a wonderful understanding and I was just hoping for the same.

I had a “ride a long” that also wanted education in your field. You sir, are the “experts” pertaining to this.

I apologies for any inconvenience or added concerns this may have caused.

If I can help you out in any way, please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Thank you again,

Officer Diana C Peters #489

 

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Dr_Awesome 1
Dear Gawd, Officer Peters needs to be disciplined for her unnecessary use of quotation marks. Baby Jesus wept and many kittens died as a direct result of her misuse of the English language.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on August 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
LadyBuds 2
I am the person who received the visit from this rogue officer (feel free to call me and confirm). Diana Peters, the Officer NEVER sent her apology letter to Lady Buds or to me. She sent her letter addressing it to a 'sir' who isn't affiliated with Lady Buds what-so-ever. Her letter is ill received simply due to the fact that she doesn't even know WHO to address her apology to. Her attitude during her unapproved visit to our facility was intimidating, rude and she acted as if we were obligated to let her in. She didn't even identify herself or her agency until I asked.
Posted by LadyBuds http://www.ladybudsinc.com on August 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
LadyBuds 3
I am the person who received the visit from this rogue officer (feel free to call me and confirm). Diana Peters, the Officer NEVER sent her apology letter to Lady Buds or to me. She sent her letter addressing it to a 'sir' who isn't affiliated with Lady Buds what-so-ever. Her letter is ill received simply due to the fact that she doesn't even know WHO to address her apology to. Her attitude during her unapproved visit to our facility was intimidating, rude and she acted as if we were obligated to let her in. She didn't even identify herself or her agency until I asked.
Posted by LadyBuds http://www.ladybudsinc.com on August 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Report this
LadyBuds 4
I'm not staff either, I'm one of the owners!
Posted by LadyBuds http://www.ladybudsinc.com on August 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM · Report this
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Sounds like the officer's supervisors are doing a good job handling the situation. Now it's usually good to play it cool and be polite. However, if they start pulling the dick card and get attitude, it's a good reminder to brush up on how we should all handle law enforcement who wants to "tour" our private property: Do you have a warrant? No? I/we don't consent to any searches. Can you please leave now? If you insist on staying I'd like to call our attorney. If you're not sure if they have a warrant or not, here's a simple rule of thumb. If they have a warrant, they won't ask you if they can do something. They'll just do it.
Posted by hifiandrew on August 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 6
"Wow... That's not particularly apologetic, is it now, Diana? What did I tell you, sit down over at the table and type out a REAL aplology or you are going to have to patrol Pioneer Park again."
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\www.shelleyandlaura.com on August 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this
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Officer Peters seems to have a limited knowledge of how to communicate using language, whether English or any other. Yet the piece seems to have been "cleaned up" by someone. I wonder if the person who help her clean it up was deliberately trying to make her look like a moron.

Kind of curious what the qualifications are for hiring to be an officer for the Liquor Board.

Also, is the store next to LadyBugs actually a cylon night club, or something equally outlandish? Why the use of parentheses, "Liquor Store"?
Posted by cracked on August 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM · Report this
rob! 8
Ben Livingston needs to clarify who the original intended recipients of that e-mailed apology were.

Also: no, it does not seem as though the "apology" was properly vetted by higher-ups. If it did receive clearance from Officer Peters's supervisors, they in turn need some basic training and correction.

Is this the kind of crap liquor-license holders have been putting up with routinely, and it's just been off the radar?
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on August 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
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And they wonder why we don't want the Liquor Control Board regulating medical cannabis. I want to congratulate Angie for standing up and holding her ground against this illegal intrusion. I think it was telling that she just brought some random person with her on this little escapade.

Thanks also to John Novak, a fellow Cannabis Action Coalition board member, that went after this story and got the response from the offender. We've also filed a Public Records Request to determine if this their latest effort to harass the "grey market", "fakers"...prior to their planned take-over of medical cannabis in 2014. (Good luck with THAT plan Governor Inslee)

The fact that you're a little paranoid, doesn't mean that they aren't actually coming after you. I hope all patients take note.

Steve Sarich
Cannabis Action Coalition
Posted by CannaCare on August 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
NotSpicoli 10
Ladybug Peters and/or Ben It is being reported that the officer stated to the person at the dispensary, "That they are the people who will be regulating us."

Can you verify if she said it and if so, why she said it?
Posted by NotSpicoli http://disqus.com/notspicoli/ on August 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 11
If you want a "tour", don't go in full uniform and claiming official necessity to do so. What a passive-aggressive nonapology.
Posted by undead ayn rand on August 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
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She should be fired! PERIOD!
Posted by Erok on August 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
NotSpicoli 13
LadyBudsInc This is posted on your facebook page

"What I'm saying is the LCB is going around trying to intimidate and gain access to collectives where they have NO JURISDICTION!"

Can you tell me what other collectives have had visits?
Posted by NotSpicoli http://disqus.com/notspicoli/ on August 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this
NotSpicoli 14
On the LadyBudsInc fb page is thepost:

"What I'm saying is the LCB is going around trying to intimidate and gain access to collectives where they have NO JURISDICTION!"

Can you tell me what other collectives have had visits?
Posted by NotSpicoli http://disqus.com/notspicoli/ on August 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM · Report this
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Is Ms. Peters a law enforcement officer?
Posted by Phil M http://twitter.com/pmocek on August 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM · Report this
meanie 16
fireable offense.

She misrepresented her station for her own personal gain, This should be a breach of policy offense like stealing marked out product or coming in late.
Posted by meanie http://www.spicealley.net on August 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM · Report this
420leaks 17
I obtianed the email letter from Officer Peters. Here's the full conversation.

-John Novak
420leaks

Subject: RE: Your help would be appreciated
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:41:26 -0700
From: DCP@LIQ.WA.GOV
To: changingplanet@hotmail.com

Sir, my visit was merely to gain “personnel” understanding of a “medical marijuana facility.” Yes, the state is in the process of regulating the marijuana but we are not taking any enforcement actions until next year and that would still “not pertain to your establishment.” My intent was only to gain a understanding from your staff. I had done a routine unannounced premise check at the “Liquor Store” beside your business and thought I’d ask. We have other Officers in the Seattle area that have been given complimentary tours by other “Medical Marijuana Facilities” and they gained a wonderful understanding and I was just hoping for the same.
I had a “ride a long” that also wanted education in your field. You sir, are the “experts” pertaining to this.
I apologies for any inconvenience or added concerns this may have caused.
If I can help you out in any way, please don’t hesitate to call or email.
Thank you again,

Officer Diana C Peters #489
Tukwila Enforcement & Education Division
14900 Interurban Ave. South; Suite 120
Tukwila, WA 98168
Cell: (206) 200-2727
Fax: (206) 439-3700
dcp@liq.wa.gov

From: John Novak [mailto:changingplanet@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 8:16 PM
To: Peters, Diana C
Subject: Your help would be appreciated

Officer Peters,

We are hearing word that you visited a cannabis collective garden site today near Black Diamond. Can you please give us some more information on this event and what other "training" you are doing that requires unannounced visits to medical cannabis gardens that your department has no jurisdiction in?

As you might imagine, this is of definite interest and concern to the medical community in our state.

Your help is most appreciated.

Sincerely,

John Novak
Cannabis Action Coalition - 420leaks
206-915-3450
More...
Posted by 420leaks http://420leaks.org/ on August 31, 2013 at 4:59 PM · Report this
420leaks 18
I find it very curious that she included quotes around so many different phrases.
Posted by 420leaks http://420leaks.org/ on August 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM · Report this
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@18 parallel to my snark above, I think she included the quotes because she thought it would give her email a more official sound, as if she was quoting out of department materials or professional terms that have meaning different from their everyday definitions. Leaving aside the small possibility that this is someone's attempt at humorous satire, I think Officer Peters is a very poorly educated person with very deficient language skills. It is sad to think she has enforcement authority of any kind over others, and it tells us some scary things about what the Control Board looks for in its hires.
Posted by cracked on August 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 20
At best, she was "showing off" to tart up a ridealong in an otherwise dull shift.
Posted by undead ayn rand on August 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM · Report this
420leaks 21
@18, I assure you this is no satire on my part. :)

Those quotes are the clue to something bigger, IMO. Time to re-read the recent Cole memo and others and see where the coincidences take us.
Posted by 420leaks http://420leaks.org/ on August 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM · Report this
22
Good lord. that faux apology reeks of arrogance. Sadly this is the attitude of all WSLCB officers, and anyone who has experience selling alcohol in Washington state will tell you the same. Their entire MO is to create violations (i.e. entrap) and then enforce. They are rude, arrogant, officious and intimidating. Everyone of them would have been quite comfortable in the Stasi or the SAVAK.
Posted by Pol Pot on August 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM · Report this
420leaks 23
oops...was responding to comment #19, not myself lol.
Posted by 420leaks http://420leaks.org/ on August 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM · Report this
24
I'm trying to find anything even slightly resembling the "Sorry I was a total cunt to you" that should have been conveyed by Officer Peters and not having any luck.

I'm guessing this is purely a CYA letter and that she is actually not sorry for being a cunt in the least.
Posted by Fake Apology Detection System on August 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM · Report this
laterite 25
And these are the chucklefucks who ran our state liquor business for 75+ years. This post should be printed out and mailed to everyone who voted against I-1183.
Posted by laterite on August 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM · Report this
seatackled 26
Can't really call it an apology--it certainly wasn't addressed to Lady Buds. It's more of an explanation to a third party inquiry.
Posted by seatackled on September 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 27
A state agency that is designed to do the bidding of the beer/wine/liquor cartels is harassing the competitors of those cartels? Truly shocking.
Posted by Sir Vic on September 1, 2013 at 7:32 AM · Report this
28
She should be fired just for stupid "apology". Jesus. It's infuriating.

Preferably, I would smack her in the lips next time I saw her but, in lieu of that, I would at least sue the hell out of her. What an arrogant power-tripping twerp.
Posted by floater on September 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM · Report this
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She wasn't some rookie officer and her visit wasn't an accident.

Plus, here's her picture!

http://www.wfse.org/liquor-enforcement-o…
Posted by floater on September 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM · Report this
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These bitches in charge of opening the weed stores wouldn't even know how to water a plant. Just sayin.
Posted by Bradn http://www.pornscat.net/ on September 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM · Report this
undead ayn rand 31
@27: Eh, it's just your bog-standard power trip. She didn't overstep her boundaries for any particular industry, just ego gratification.
Posted by undead ayn rand on September 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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Diana Peters is pathetic..She is a fraud..She should be fired to say the least.....She is an outright egotistical LIAR and should never be in her position to begin with....
Her "apology" is hollow and fraudulent too..Full of lies in black and white print.....She has single handly set the trust for the LCB to ZERO....
She needs to be FIRED ASAP.....and she ends her "apology" by offering her HELP to US if we should "NEED" her.....the bitch is delusional......

Way to set the bar LCB!
Posted by bubblemelt on September 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
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Diana Peters is pathetic..She is a fraud..She should be fired to say the least.....She is an outright egotistical LIAR and should never be in her position to begin with....
Her "apology" is hollow and fraudulent too..Full of lies in black and white print.....She has single handly set the trust for the LCB to ZERO....
She needs to be FIRED ASAP.....and she ends her "apology" by offering her HELP to her "VICTIMS" if we should "NEED" her.....the bitch is delusional......

Way to set the bar LCB!
Posted by bubblemelt on September 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
lolorhone 34
If this is merely a "faux pas", what the fuck did the Starbucks guy get fired for?
Posted by lolorhone on September 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
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In this last session of the legislature, the Liquor Control Board lobbied the legislature to have their offices given general police powers equal to the Washington State Patrol so they'd have jurisdiction everywhere they went. They're wanted to be the new "Untouchables" squad, LCB "Revenuers". The legislature told them to pound sand...so did the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs. You can bet they'll be back trying that one again next year. Hopefully this incident will help prevent us from having yet another multi-jurisdictional drug task force run by the short bus crew at the LCB.

Steve Sarich
Cannabis Action Coalition
Posted by CannaCare on September 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
TCLballardwallymont 36
Cunt, Thanks "so much" for your "apology" officer. Good of you to let the marijuana industry know that "officious jackwads" somehow become employed in jobs requiring public contact.

Perhaps you could appropriately direct an actual apology, or you could take your attitude, fold it into a nice tight triangle, and pound it "straight up your ass".

Thanks,
Everyone who read your pathetic shit riddled PR apology
Posted by TCLballardwallymont on September 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM · Report this
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another god damn liar from the liquor board.
Posted by kip d mony on November 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM · Report this
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this is representative of the attitude and demeanor of the liquor board. they act like they have unlimited power and can command whatever they want. they have no sense of service or accountability.

each member of the liquor board should resign before they face criminal prosecution for their actions.

Posted by kip d mony on November 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this

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