Anti-Marijuana Terrorism: Dispensaries Firebombed

34bc015a-5c3f-11df-b014-001cc4c002e0.imageMontana legalized medical marijuana in 2004, and since then a steady stream of small dispensaries has been opening in cities such as Billings. This past month, two medical marijuana businesses were firebombed, and one had the phrase “NOT IN OUR TOWN” spray-painted on its storefront. Days later, the Billings City Council voted to suspend the licensing of new dispensaries for six months. The Missoulian reports:

A rock was used to break the glass of Montana Therapeutics at 4:30 a.m. Monday, and a beer bottle filled with gasoline was lit and thrown inside, Billings police Sgt. Kevin Iffland said. A passer-by reported the fire.

A day earlier, at about 5 a.m., surveillance video showed two young men spray-painting “NOT IN OUR TOWN” on the front of Big Sky Patient Care, and then throw a rock through the front door followed by a flaming bottle, Big Sky owner David Couch said.

Trevor McFarren, co-owner of Montana Therapeutics, said his business provides medical marijuana for about 50 people and has operated since January. Until now, the business has never had a problem, a complaint or even a bad phone call, he said.

McFarren said he believes Monday’s council vote has something to do with the timing of the act that he estimated caused $2,500 in damage.

“I’m sure they’re trying to fuel the fire about (the vote),” he said. “It’s more of an attack on the community than anything.”

14 Comments on "Anti-Marijuana Terrorism: Dispensaries Firebombed"

  1. I bet those a–holes picked up a few 6 packs after their firebombing.

    • GoodDoktorBad | Jun 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

      More than likely they had a few six packs beforehand……to “man up”.

  2. Cerebralcaustic | Jun 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    No no no, this isn't terrorism: it's dissent against the hegemony of drug use, and direct action in the name of free speech!

    • E.B. Wolf | Jun 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm |

      Firebombs for Freedom!
      Will you feel the same way if someone firebombs a church to dissent against the hegemony of child rape?

  3. Deaconkhet | Jun 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    prohibition makes fools of us all…

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  5. Sab31690 | Jun 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

    If a discount liquor was firebombed i get they wouldnt suspend any more liquor store openings for 6 mnths… Alcohal is a poison that causes ppl to think and act irrationally… it should be banned or at least catagorized as the hard drug it is

  6. simple_tim | Jun 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    The people doing this are obviously street dealers that feel threatened…

  7. So, we're going to take a Legal, Privately Owned, Small Business, selling something to a limited amount of what DOCTORS have determined is a MEDICINE people proven to have a need for this substance through a process decided upon in an open and democratic manner, so these people don't have to support Mexican and other drug gangs by getting their medicine via the black market (probably from those ever present Illegal Aliens). This sounds all so, I don't know, Tea Party, doesn't it? At least a little bit of Ron Paul? (I suppose it is a 'Tea Party', just not in the more popular sense – I love ancient slang, what can I say.)

    To oppose this, we (I'm assuming 'we' are “Party Liquor” drinkin' refuges for non-ironic trucker hats, and pretty certainly NOT DOCTORS) are going to get drunk, commit vandalism and ARSON (a felony that could possibly cost people their lives as well as their livelihoods), and to top it off, use a beer bottle as the Molotov Cocktail. (Montana Cocktail?) You know, under the Patriot Act, these people could easily be tried as terrorists. Just saying. Intimidation, destruction of property, full disregard for law, and causing people to live in fear of it happening to them – sounds like terrorism to me, and they've been talking about that homegrown sort as being more important lately…hey man, screw the half-retarded hood rats the CIA has been 'training' to 'blow shit up' who can't find guns in a 'hood, arrest THESE GOONS and make a Big Media Deal out of it. Obama, don't you need a distraction from that Whole Gulf Oil Thing right now?


    I think you have to agree, ass-backward, hillbilly redneck goons have got to provide the of the most value for your entertainment dollar. “Hey Y'all, watch THIS! Huh-yuck!!”

    Oh, and to give some solid context for this, assuming the reported number of 'about 50 patients' is even correct within a 100% margin of error:

    Billings, Montana population — 89,847
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    100/89847 = .00113% of the population of Billings was being 'served' by this dispensary, even if the amount of patients was double that claimed. They're ruinin' our TERN! South Park, I expect this episode in the can within two weeks. What, you had a day for the Janet Reno episode? Two weeks, very generous on my part, I'd say…

  8. Pmwnorton | Jun 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    Anyone else think that suspending the licensing might just encourage the poeple who firebombed these establishments!

  9. ZombieStomper | Jun 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm |

    Ya don't want a peaceful herb in your town, but you do want terrorism? Way to go, you fucking hillbillies.

  10. So if a toy store got firebombed or vandalized, would they also stop giving out business permits for toy stores?

    Talk about punishing the victim. That is wicked lame.

    Hey guys, how about you go after the VANDALS, instead of the law-abiding small businessman?

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