In a case that will send shockwaves through Washington state’s medical marijuana industry, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Spokane on Wednesday.
In the raid, agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Spokane Field Division arrested the dispensary owner, Michael J. Taylor, and seized his marijuana plants and an undisclosed amount of marijuana.
Taylor is facing charges including trafficking marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to a statement from the DEA.
The DEA said the raid was conducted in conjunction with local and federal law enforcement.
The dispensary owner is not a federal agent and was not under investigation by the DEA, the DEA said in a statement.
The seizure comes amid a growing number of states that have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana, including Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
The Drug Enforcement Department’s (DED) Spokane Division is one of a number of agencies that have been working on medical marijuana initiatives in the state.
The state is home to several medical marijuana dispensaries and marijuana cultivation centers.
According to the DEA’s website, it works with local, state and federal agencies to provide support to law enforcement in the states where they operate.