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Category: Medical marijuana

Dec.
31st

Owner of marijuana grow that caught fire in Tacoma claims it was a collective co-op

The owner of a two-story warehouse that caught fire Sunday night and revealed a marijuana grow inside says he was operating a collective co-op, Tacoma police said.

A passerby called 911 about 10:22 p.m. after noticing smoke coming from the warehouse in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street.

After fire crews extinguished the blaze, they found evidence of a marijuana grow so they called police.

About 600 pot plants, ranging from seedlings to mature plants, were found inside the warehouse, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Also found inside were chemicals, grow lights and other equipment and pot in baggies.

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Oct.
21st

Liquor board seizes pot enriched beer from Tacoma medical marijuana outlet after sale to minor

Officials seized cases of beer Friday from a medical marijuana outlet in Tacoma, after the store sold alcohol labeled ”cannabis enriched” to a minor during an undercover buy operation, according to the state liquor control board.

The Hashford Compassion Club at 11220 Pacific Ave. S. does not have a license to sell alcohol, the board said.

After receiving a complaint that a minor was sold alcohol, the board organized the covert buy with the help of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and a minor informant, who was able to purchase three bottles advertised as “Cannabis Enriched Honey Beer,” according to the board.

Board officials are

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Sep.
6th

Tacoma pulls business licenses of three medical pot dispensaries

The City of Tacoma revoked the business licenses of three medical marijuana dispensaries Thursday and ordered them to cease doing business.

The City Finance Department hand-delivered letters to Emerald Pharms, T-Town Alternative Medicine and The Vape Bar, all in South Tacoma.

“You have exhausted all of your appeal rights . . . and must cease all business activity immediately,” said the letters to Emerald Pharms and T-Town Alternative Medicine.

The Vape Bar was given 10 days to appeal. The business had described its activity as “electronic cigarettes and accessories,” the letter said, when it appeared that marijuana was being produced

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Nov.
15th

Cops search marijuana dispensaries in Pierce, Thurston counties

Law enforcement officers in Pierce, Thurston and King counties are serving search warrants today on a number of marijuana dispensaries as part of a coordinated region-wide effort.

Five dispensaries were targeted in Thurston County and five in Pierce County, law enforcement officials reported. So far, no arrests have been reported from the searches in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said operators and employees of the dispensaries are being detained and questioned. He added that police are not targeting medical patients with legitimate “green cards,” because they are legally purchasing marijuana.

“A vast majority are

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Aug.
18th

UPDATED: Medical marijuana distributors robbed at gunpoint, Tacoma police report

UPDATED at 9:30 a.m.

Tacoma police were searching for three men who robbed two medical marijuana distributors Wednesday night in the city.

The victims are a husband and wife who live in Burien, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. They received a call Wednesday from a man who they thought was a legitimate medical marijuana patient.

The couple traveled to Tacoma to meet the potential buyer. When the couple couldn’t find the initial meet-up location, they called the potential buyer, Fulghum said.

He directed the couple to a second location – a home in the 2100 block of South M

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July
6th

Kent police serve search warrants at four medical marijuana dispensaries

Kent police today served search warrants at four medical marijuana dispensaries that were warned in June to close or lose their business licenses and face possible criminal charges.

The city said it recently mailed a second round of cease and desist notices to the dispensaries.

Police last week confirmed marijuana was still being sold at the four businesses and obtained search warrants. During the searches today, officers said they seized drugs, computers, cell phones, security devices and weapons.

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke blamed the ambiguous state law for placing the city in a “precarious position.”

“We cannot just stand by

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