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UPDATE: DEA Serves Search Warrant on Silver Lake Pot Clinic

The raid at Fountain of Well Being was one of three where the agency served search warrants Tuesday as part of a larger operation involving 71 locations.

Federal agents and LAPD Northeast Division officers confiscated a variety of materials from the Fountain of Well Being pot clinic in Silver Lake Tuesday morning.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office, the clinic is one of three where the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency served search warrants Tuesday with the help of the LAPD.

The release also notes that Fountain of Well Being has been the "subject of repeated calls for police service since 2011."

Fountain of Well Being, located at 3835 Fountain Avenue, is lauded by users for the diversity of its offerings in Internet reviews.

It is located just a few doors up from Thomas Starr King Middle School.

Fountain of Well Being remained closed as of about 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, as confused customers were turned away by a "Sorry We're Closed" sign posted on the gate.

Jacob Shabaz, the attorney for Fountain of Well Being, told KNBC 4 that the location was a "co-op" that was operating legally and would reopen.

Also served similar warrants were the Happy Ending Collective at 818 North Spring St. in Downtown Los Angeles and the Green Light Pharmacy at 522 South Lorena St. in eastern Los Angeles near the 60 Freeway.

The search warrants were part of a much larger federal action involving a total of 71 so-called "marijuana stores," most near Downtown Los Angeles and Eagle Rock.  

Pot clinics have been operating in a legal nether zone for some time, with many wondering what would happen after a voter initiative to overturn the city ban gained the requisite signatures.

This quote from a press release by United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. is instructive: 

As today’s operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law. Even those stores not targeted today should understand that they cannot continue to profit in violation of the law." 

Meantime, marijuana industry advocates decried the raid as a blatant rebuke of the public will.

Related:

Attorney: Feds Should Reevaluated Crackdown on Dispensaries (KNBC)

Scott Trinidad September 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
This ban was overturned by petition and upheld by City Council and City Attorney. City and State authorities should not be cooperating with Federal raids.
Voodoo truth September 26, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Thank God and these law enforcement officials. That drug den is right next to a middle school.
Spilly September 26, 2012 at 09:23 AM
I believe that if you are an adult and want to smoke marijuana whether it be for pain or just because you just like smoke it. You should be able to..its not like its a man made drug like crystal meth .. its a plant that's grown in the ground.. mother nature.. so if you need and or enjoy smoking it.. so be it...NOW AS FAR AS IT BEING SOLD NER ANY SCHOOLS I DONT THINK IT SHOULD BE ALLOWED ..OTHER THAN THAN THAT. IM.COOL WITH IT.... I DONT SMOKE IT BUT IF YOU WANT TO IT DOESNT BOTHER ME A BIT.. PEACE.
david September 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Another promise Obama broke to voters when he said he would let the states handle their marijuana laws and not raid medical dispensaries. Not that Romney would be any better, just a clear reminder there is no difference between Bush and Obama or Obama and the next clown. We have no voice in a 2 party bank run political system. The federal government is broken beyond repair and the people need to take action and revolutionize it.
Max September 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
A little over 1,000 feet is NOT "just a few doors down", Anthea. Get your facts straight, you make it seem like they were neighbors. Oh, and don't everyone complain about the smell of YOUR neighbors grow room when there are no remaining cannabis dispensaries!
Spilly September 28, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I'm going to have to agree with ya on thiat one.. a 1000 feet is the lowest a passenger jet can fly over a neighborhood.. that's pretty high up... so not sure how you can publish and article that these to are neighbors...???? Clearly that's not correct.. ..
Anthea Raymond (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Spilly, Max -- There was some speculation about why/how the three locations for search warrants were chosen. Some were saying that Fountain of Well Being' s proximity to a school made it a target. AR
Spilly September 28, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Good enough

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