Local Authorities: Marijuana Dispensary Raided; Read The Official Press Release
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Sheriff's detectives raided a Spokane Valley medical marijuana dispensary recently and seized six ounces of the harvested drug there, then moved on to the owner's home where they seized 243 marijuana plants.
Paul E. Ellis was licensed by the City of Spokane Valley to operate MedMarDis, a medical marijuana dispensary located at 7406 E. Sprague. The business was opened in December 2009.
Detectives executed a search warrant there September 2nd and seized his business records. Ellis himself has a medical marijuana authorization.
The suspect had a portion of his home on East Riverside Avenue set up for starting marijuana plants and processing the harvested drug, and the garage and an outbuilding set up for cultivating the adult plants.
Although detectives seized the harvested and growing marijuana, they did not remove the suspect's growing equipment. Ellis was described as forthright and cooperative in the investigation, and stated he believes the law allows him to sell the drug to other holders of medical marijuana scrips.
However, detectives say Washington law allows a person holding a medical marijuana exemption (scrip) to grow 15 plants for their own use, or for a designated caregiver of a person holding an exemption to have 15 plants for the patient – not both.
Ellis was not arrested following the raid, but the case has been forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office for consideration of a felony count of Delivery of Controlled Substance.
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