The store was not licensed to sell marijuana
OLYMPIA – During an undercover investigation, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) officers purchased illegal marijuana from “Northwest Alternative Care,” an unlicensed marijuana retailer located at 2210 Black Lake Boulevard SW in Olympia. Under state law, marijuana may only be sold from a licensed marijuana retail store.
Between September and October, undercover LCB officers made three buys of marijuana at the store. LCB officers subsequently obtained a search warrant for Northwest Alternative Care. In partnership with the Olympia Police Department, LCB enforcement officers executed the search warrant Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019.
The officers located and seized over a pound of marijuana flower. Officers also seized a large quantity of marijuana concentrates and marijuana-infused edible products being offered for sale. Many of the marijuana-infused products would have been illegal to sell in the regulated marketplace, including rice crispy treats, gummy bears, and flavored vapor products.
The owner was arrested by LCB officers and booked into the Thurston County jail for the marijuana crimes. The marijuana, cash, electronic devices, and business records were seized as evidence. Officers will be recommending felony charges for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (RCW 69.50.401).
The investigation was prompted by complaints from the community alleging that the store was selling marijuana without a license, selling marijuana to minors, selling product that made a customer ill, and attracting criminal activity to the area, including attempted armed robberies.