TIGARD — A Washington County medical marijuana dispensary raided by local authorities for allegedly selling pot has hosted touring politicians who praised the operation.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum visited the Human Collective dispensary while campaigning for office in April and returned later with House Republican Leader Andy Olson as the two worked on refining the state’s medical marijuana law, The Oregonian reported Friday.
Washington County officers raided the dispensary Thursday and seized more than 200 plants and 40 pounds of processed pot. Nobody was taken into custody.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray said the dispensary sold pot, $1.7 million worth in the past year. Dispensary co-director Don Morse denied that. He said the money that moved through the Human Collective went to growers.
Oregon law allows medical marijuana cardholders to grow their own or have someone do it for them, but it forbids sales. It permits growers to recoup the cost of utilities and supplies but not labor.
In her April tour, Rosenblum, a Democrat, mingled with more than a dozen patients and got a hug from Morse.
“It makes a huge difference for me to see the collective and to see the way you are responsibly applying the law," she said to applause.
On Thursday, questions about the raid were referred to her campaign spokeswoman, Cynara Lilly.
“I would just say that right now obviously Ellen is paying attention to the situation but that there have been no convictions and she certainly doesn’t want to jump to any conclusions," Lilly said. “We are monitoring the situation but trust that this is in the hands of law enforcement, who we trust will do the right thing."
Olson said he had been impressed by the dispensary.
“Honestly, I walked away from that thinking that might be the model that we want to pursue," the Albany Republican said. “They were really trying to do a lot of things right."
Dispensaries, clubs and collectives that make marijuana available to Oregon patients have proliferated. Federal law enforcement officials estimate there are more than 100 statewide, mostly in the Portland area.