WEMET Raids - And Shuts Down - Two Saugatuck Area Medical Pot Dispensaries; Criminal Charges May Soon Be Filed, Say Authorities
Two Saugatuck medical marijuana dispensaries - along with another two in Allegan and Pullman - were raided by authorities last week for allegedly operating outside the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA).
The raids were conducted by the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET)which shut down all four of the businesses after executing search warrants at each of the dispensaries.
Authorities are withholding the names of the businesses pending a review by the Allegan County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.
“All four of these places were selling to anyone who came into the door with a paper or a card, regardless of if there was a patient/caregiver relationship,” said Lt. Andy Fias, who heads the WEMET narcotics team.
MMMA requires during registration that primary caregivers, who are allowed to cultivate up to 12 plants and have 2.5 ounces of processed marijuana for each patient, to specify his or her patient list. If a patient is added or dropped, the registry must be updated.
Patients must also his or her caregiver, if there is one.
Fias said all four locations — he would not name them or give addresses — were allegedly conducting illegal sales and some had excess amounts of processed marijuana or plants, and edibles — made by infusing cannabis with food — which are currently illegal in any form.
According to WEMET officials, the raids turned up nearly two pounds of processed marijuana and a “significant amount” of edible marijuana products at the
A raid on a nearby grow operation connected to the dispensary turned up 72 marijuana plants. Fias said the operation had more plants than were permitted under the MMMA.
WEMET found about ately one pound of usable marijuana and a small amount of edibles at the Pullman location.
In Saugatuck at one of the two dispensaries raided, WEMET seized nearly one pound of usable marijuana and individual containers of marijuana wax, shatter (rock candy) and oil, said Fias.
At the other Saugatuck location, WEMET seized approximately two pounds of processed marijuana and a “large quantity of chocolates and hard candies, lotion, shatter and oils.”
Fias said because MMMA does not address edibles, oils and the like, violators are subject to ordinary marijuana distribution charges.
“The sale of them falls under the sale of marijuana,” he said. “All of those products have high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol),” which is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.
No arrests were made at the time of the four raids, but Fias said he expects charges will be filed once the prosecutor has a chance to review the WEMET findings.