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Authorities raid Fontana pot dispensary

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Local authorities and federal drug agents shut down a medical marijuana clinic in Fontana this week, seizing a variety of pot and pot-laced products while making no arrests.

The raid Tuesday was conducted by Fontana police, sheriff’s deputies and Drug Enforcement Administration agents at Holistic Meds RX in the 15000 block of Baseline Ave., the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported.

Authorities found a 30-foot display case filled with more than 50 varieties of marijuana. Drinks, brownies and crackers containing the drug were also on display.

Police said the clinic, which had been open for seven months, was operating without a requisite business license and was the first of eight dispensaries targeted for closure.

“This should serve as notice to the other dispensaries that they're not going to fly under the radar,” Fontana Police Sgt. Billy Green told the newspaper.

Jason Ryan Thompson, an attorney for the clinic and several other dispensaries, criticized local police agencies and federal government for teaming up with the DEA to shut down the businesses.

“What we're seeing here is the federal government flexing its muscle and not respecting the will of California voters," Thompson told the paper. "Californians voted in Proposition 215 in 1996.”

The proposition legalized the use of medical marijuana in the state, but it is still considered illegal under federal law.

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Photo: Map shows approximate location of incident in red. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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