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State seizes 50 pounds of marijuana, shuts down Tacoma pot business

Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says it will recommend felony charges

By Craig Sailor, The News Tribune
Published: August 11, 2023, 6:31pm

TACOMA — About 50 pounds of illegal cannabis products were seized this week at a South Tacoma business, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Caveman Medicine was allegedly selling illegal marijuana products without a license at 1305 S. 56th St. in Tacoma, the board said in a news release.

The seizure came after undercover investigators, responding to a public complaint, purchased illegal cannabis at the store over several months. In conjunction with four Tacoma Police Department officers, authorities served a search warrant on Wednesday morning.

Cannabis can only be sold by a business with a state-issued cannabis retail license. The source of Caveman Medicine’s cannabis is under investigation, the Liquor and Cannabis Board said.

Wednesday’s haul included cannabis concentrates and cannabis-infused edible products. Some of the cannabis-infused products would have been illegal to sell even with a license because they exceeded THC serving-size limits, the Liquor and Cannabis Board said. Some of the products were “especially appealing to children,” the Liquor and Cannabis Board said.

The business also had a lounge area which allegedly operated as an illegal cannabis club, the Liquor and Cannabis Board said.

Liquor and Cannabis Board officers will recommend felony charges to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the agency said.