Feds raid Morro Bay pot clinic

March 29, 2007

Associated Press , Orange County Register (CA)

MORRO BAY -- Federal and local authorities raided a medical marijuana clinic Thursday and arrested an employee.

Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers employee Abe Baxter, 26, was accused of possessing marijuana and selling or furnishing the drug, said San Luis Obispo County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hascall. He was being held in lieu of posting $20,000 bail, jail officials said.

Protesters yelled and held signs denouncing the raid as authorities searched the business.

Dispensary owner Charles Lynch said he didn't know whether he would reopen the clinic.

"Today's the first day of this. I'm not sure of what's going to happen," he said.

Investigators carted off papers, marijuana plants, computer equipment and packaged pot from the clinic.

State law allows the sale of medical marijuana but contradicts federal law that considers all marijuana sales illegal.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has recently ramped up enforcement of marijuana clinics, raiding more than a dozen in California in recent months.



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