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Owner of Tacoma medical marijuana dispensary arrested

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
July 30, 2010 5:50 am

Tacoma police have arrested a 38-year-old employee of a medical marijuana dispensary on suspicion of drug-related charges.

Investigators booked the man into Pierce County Jail shortly after noon today on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

The man was arrested at his Tacoma home as part of an ongoing investigation into activity at the Tacoma Hemp Company, which is located near South Fourth Street and Tacoma Avenue, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The investigation by the department’s narcotics officers was launched after several complaints were made and concerns were raised about activity at the dispensary and in the area, Fulghum said.

The department declined to release more information about the investigation or the allegations that led to the man’s arrest today.

The Tacoma Hemp Company is described online as a provider for the medical marijuana community since early 2009.

“Opened in November 2009 in our downtown location, we offer a wide range of organically grown hemp/cannabis products. From dry goods, edibles, genetics and textiles, we’ve got most things hemp covered for you,” according to information posted on

The man arrested today has been previously described in Tacoma publications as an organizer of the first Tacoma Hempfest, which took place last month in Wright Park.

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