Two Pot Dispensaries Raided, Owner Arrested

Authorities won't say why they raided two medical marijuana dispensaries and arrested the owner, according to authorities.

Drug task force agents served a state search warrant at the Organica Collective in Culver City, at the Overland Gardens Collective in  West Los Angeles and at a home on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Jose Martinez said agents from several agencies seized about 100 pounds of marijuana,about 200 live plants and about $100,000 in cash. Martinez said the owner of the dispensaries, 50-year-old Jeffrey Joseph, was arrested at his home in Topanga Canyon.

Spokespeople for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles police, and the U.S. attorney said they don't know on what  Joseph was booked, according to The Associated Press. County prosecutors released no details, according to AP.

Distributing medical pot is legal under California law but it's a federal crime. However, the U.S. attorney general has said he wouldn't target distributors unless state and federal laws were broken.

County prosecutors said the task force was acting on a state warrant.

He said agents shot a pit bull during the raid but the dog is expected to survive.


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