Law enforcement raided a state-legal medical cannabis cooperative in the Lake Tahoe area Monday, in a chilling reminder that the four year-old joint federal-state attack on medical marijuana continues despite widespread opposition.
Several reports trickled in Monday of the raid at Tahoe Wellness Collective in South Lake Tahoe. Police took cash, cannabis, computers, keys, phones and the like, reports indicate. The dispensary stated via Facebook: “This is a sad day for the industry. We hope that this will not interfere with TWC’s mission of providing safe, affordable medicine to qualified patients who need it.”
Officials released a statement Tuesday as to why they raided the dispensary, which has a license to operate in South Lake Tahoe.
On Monday, June 1st, 2015, members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team (SLEDNET) Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Board of Equalization (BOE) and Employment Development Department (EDD) executed search warrants at five locations relating to an investigation of the South Lake Tahoe marijuana dispensary Tahoe Wellness Collective and its owner Cody Bass concerning possible violation of tax evasion and illegal possession for sale of marijuana.
This joint investigation of TWC and [founder]Cody Bass by state, county and city law enforcement agencies has been ongoing for several months. No one was arrested, as the investigation is still ongoing. Investigators seized large amounts of evidence and documents which all need to be fully evaluated and audited before any decision is made as to potential charges in this case.
Any further inquiries in this matter should be directed to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
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