On Monday evening about 5:50 PM I was dropping off mail at the post office and pulled in behind a vehicle moving erratically. I did not immediately recognize the driver, but went about placing my mail in the drop and proceeded on out the driveway. The vehicle in front of me was still sitting in the lane and both the driver and female passenger were looking down and not paying attention. After about 30 seconds or so I tooted my horn and the driver looked up and proceeded out onto 1st Ave. northbound. He stopped at the 1st Ave and 2nd St intersection and proceeded north. I was behind him still at this point. Once we approached First Street, the driver slowed to a stop and once again looked down. He was not pulled all the way up to First Street to see beyond the Havre Laundry building. Again I waited about 30 seconds or so and tooted my horn and the driver looked up and proceeded out onto First Street without stopping and nearly collided with oncoming traffic. I wondered if the driver of this vehicle, an older Toyota Landcruiser, was inebriated so I followed him as he continued down 1st Street until he stopped in front of a first street location. As I drove by I recognized the driver as XXXXX, a person that had identified himself as a medical marijuana grower from the City Council meeting and he was smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. As a non-pot smoker I could be not be certain, but I do know the difference between holding a cigarette between two fingers or the typical thumb and forefinger grip and/or roach clip used by pot smokers and the passing of the joint back and forth between the two people in the vehicle.
I pulled into a parking lot across the street and spent a few minutes watching the couple smoking. I then noticed an additional vehicle pull up behind the Landcruiser and a young man got out at which time the driver of the Landcruiser got out and both drivers went into the building. I continued watching the female passenger left in the vehicle a number of minutes when both the young man and the grower person came back out and got into their respective vehicles. The young man pulled out heading east bound and the grower and female passenger followed after him
Should I have called the authorities yes, but what good would it have done. If I called in a person for driving while high could the police do anything? It seemed certain to me that I had just witnessed a buy, but did the buyer have a medical marijuana card? Apparently these businesses are operating in broad daylight right under the noses of the police and every passerby on First Street! I still can’t believe they thumb their noses at the police by smoking pot right on First Street.
I had my doubts as to the Corrector’s wisdom posting the pictures of Malley’s operation but after witnessing this transaction I now have changed my mind and think all of these growing businesses, if you can call them that, need to be identified. Maybe Alice from the HDN should do a story about this First Street operation also and the HDN should attempt to investigate where the rest of the grow operations are?
The Corrector thanks you for submitting this story. And as far as the HDN and Alice doing an actual fair and balanced investigative story, we would guess that the HDN doesn’t have a reporter that could learn the location of a grow operation even if it was located across the alley from their back door where the reporters all stand to have their cigarette breaks.