Feds Raid & Trash Venice Medical Marijuana Dispensary
At about noon yesterday Drug Enforcement Administration agents showed up at Organica Collective at 13456 Washington Boulveard in Venice and conducted a raid that yielded no arrests, but left a tremendous amount of disarray in their wake.
According to the LA Times, the DEA was there serving a search warrant and with the intent of enforcing the fact that "Marijuana remains a controlled substance, and it is illegal under federal law to possess, dispense or cultivate marijuana in any form," as Los Angeles' DEA office spokewoman Sarah Pullen explained.
One eyewitness saw that "DEA agents searched and cuffed the roughly 25 people inside the building, which also includes four upstairs rooms. Then agents started searching the premises, removing computers, medicine and money, and using a steel cylinder battering ram to get into the upstairs bedrooms."