Medical marijuana store raided by drug task force

— A medicinal pot store on Elmway was raided last month and its inventory seized by the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force.

Alternative Medicine Okanogan and Grow Okanogan, 2163 Elmway, offered medical marijuana and medical products, and gardening supplies.

The case will be referred to the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charging, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Brown said.

Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan said he hasn’t yet reviewed the case.

An investigation began last November after the store opened, in light of changes in medical marijuana laws after the 2012 passage of Initiative 502 legalizing recreational marijuana, Brown said.

Task force operatives allegedly made five purchases at the store, some by customers with medical marijuana cards and some without.

No arrests were made.

Brown said store co-owner Don Manchester apparently has a marijuana producer’s license. Initiative 502 prevents producers from operating retail operations.

According to information provided to The Chronicle about the store when it opened last fall, Manchester and Janie Wallace co-owned the store. Managers were Diane Manchester and Aleta Sewell, and operators were Duncan Wallace, Brianne Hubbard and Michael Dean.

The Alternative Medicine portion of the store offered medical cannabis and products to medical marijuana patients only.

Grow Okanogan offered gardening supplies.


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