Unlicensed Lacey pot shop raided, shut down

Police close unlicensed pot shop in Lacey; store claims the raid was unfair to those who can't find medical marijuana products elsewhere.

LACEY, Wash. – Thurston County deputies shut down an unlicensed medical marijuana shop in Lacey Tuesday afternoon.

A lawyer for Sonshine Organics said deputies seized bags full of marijuana meant for patients.

“It’s completely ridiculous,” said attorney Doug Hiatt.

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza said Sonshine was the only unlicensed medical location in the county that had not closed July 1, the date the state’s new medical marijuana regulations went into place.

Locations wishing to sell medical or recreational marijuana need licenses from the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Before the July 1 deadline, Snaza told the owners he would give them time to transition out of business. Hiatt said they expected to have more time.

No one at the location was arrested, but the sheriff said the county prosecutor will determine if anyone will face charges.

Copyright 2016 KING


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