Feds Bust Venice, MDR Pot Pharms


The Drug Enforcement Agency raided two Venice medical marijuana dispensaries today, and a third dispensary in Marina Del Rey. Local DEA spokeswoman Special Agent Sarah Pullen declined to give specifics about the raids or information about possible arrests, citing the agency's ongoing investigation into the outlets. Nor, Pullen said, would her agency be issuing future press releases on the actions -- again, because of its role in the investigation. These are the first known DEA busts of L.A.-area pot dispensaries to occur after the inauguration of President Obama. On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama said he favored an end to such raids, telling one New Hampshire resident, "I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources."

According to City News Service, the Marina Del Rey raid occurred in "the 700 block of Washington Boulevard." A January 30 L.A. Times article claimed that neighborhood resistance to the proliferation of pot dispensaries was growing in Los Angeles communities.


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