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Law enforcement officer and wanna-be thug seems proud of himself for depriving patients of their medicine [Photo by Bob Montoya]
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Thurston County Narcotics Task Force officer and wanna-be thug seems proud of himself for depriving patients of their medicine
[Photo by Bob Montoya]

Sarena Haskins of Sonshine Organics [Facebook]
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Sarena Haskins of Sonshine Organics:
“Now going to have to tell a parent NO capsules for your son who has seizures!? SAD world!”
[Facebook]

Sonshine Organics, a medical marijuana collective in Olympia, Washington, was raided by county law enforcement officials on Tuesday, July 26. Sonshine owner Sarena Haskins confirmed on Facebook early Tuesday afternoon that the raid was underway.

“RAIDED ~ STOLE ALL our Cash HONEY high CBD strain meds!” Haskins, who has for years been a stalwart on the Washington medical marijuana scene, posted. “WE NEED TO FIGURE THIS SHIT OUT!!! WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!””If you have a comment on today’s RAID activities feel free to comment to the Judge responsible for the warrant, Mr. Lack at 360-709-3201,” Haskins posted. “Also calls need to go to sheriff, county commissioners, LCB, all of them if possible!”

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza: "Quote"
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Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza
claimed Sonshine was the only unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in the county

“Now going to have to tell a parent NO capsules for your son who has seizures!!???” Haskins posted. “SAD world!”

Douglas Hiatt, a lawyer representing Sonshine Organics, said deputies confiscated bags full of marijuana meant for patients, reports Drew Mikkelsen at KING-5 News.

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza claimed Sonshine was the only unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in the county that hadn’t closed by July 1, the date the state’s dispensaries were shut down by SB 5052, which in an act of cruel irony is called the “Cannabis Patient Protection Act.”

The county prosecutor will determine if anyone will face charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

A press release from the sheriff’s office reads as follows:

On today’s date, the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at 7707 Martin Way S.E., Olympia, Washington, the home of Sonshine Organics Network. This business was operating as an unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary selling black market marijuana and products. These products were not produced, received or sold in compliance with current Washington State Law.

On July 1, 2016, Washington State Law changed as it pertains to licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries allowing for the sale of Medical Marijuana only at stores licensed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board for the State of Washington.

Prior to July 1, 2016, Sheriff John Snaza personally served a letter, drafted by the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office, to all known unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Thurston County. The letter warned the dispensary operations of the new law and further that violations would not be tolerated.

Detectives from the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation and discovered that Sonshine Organics Network was in violation of the new law. They continued to operate without a license after receiving warnings from Sheriff Snaza and the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Upon the execution of the search warrant, detectives contacted two store employees who were cooperative. The employees were interviewed and released.

As a result of the search warrants, detectives seized large quantities of marijuana to include: processed marijuana, edibles, candies, creams, and growing marijuana plants.

No one has been arrested. The investigation is on-going and the case will be referred to the Thurston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.

There is nothing further at this time. Investigation continues.

Contact:
David Johnson, Captain
Thurston County Narcotics Task Force
360-786-0572

 

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