Medical marijuana making its way over the Oregon-Idaho border
Tina Jensen reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Several marijuana grow operations in Oregon and Idaho got an unwelcome surprise today.
Federal agents and local police raided eleven facilities suspected of selling marijuana for profit.
The search warrants came after a months-long investigation using undercover officers. They suspect some legal medical marijuana dispensaries of money laundering and selling drugs illegally.
Police and the DEA won’t release names of suspects or locations of the search warrants, because they haven’t yet made any arrests.
“The sale, possession for sale and manufacture for sale is a clear violation of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act,” said Mike Dugan, Deputy District Attorney for Malheur County. “It’s an obligation as law enforcement officers in this state and Idaho to ensure that both the letter and spirit of the law is complied with.”
One Meridian location and two Nampa locations were the subject of raids. Police say exact locations will be released next week.
“Obviously we’re concerned with the legal marijuana, medical marijuana coming over the border and being sold for profit,” said Keiran Donahue, Canyon County Chief Criminal Deputy. in a time when all agencies are under the burden of that economic stress and lack of resources so it just strains resources even further.”
The problem of marijuana coming over the border may soon become even more complicated. In November, Oregonians will vote on Measure 80 – a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.