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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board  has suspended the producer’s license for a marijuana operation that authorities say grew illicit crops at several Thurston and Pierce County locations.

The board this week ordered  a 180-day emergency suspension for The Evans Group LLC, beginning Jan. 5, 2020.

“During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the license,” the board stated in a news release.

The company is also registered under the trade names as Evans Cannabis, Olympia Cannabis, Olympia Cannabis LLC and Vertigro.

On June 25, warrants were served at six different locations involved with illicit marijuana production, the licensee’s residence and the licensed producer-processor location, according to the board. The investigation was led by the Tacoma Police Department, which requested board’s participation. 

More than 4,000 plants, including clones, were found at  illicit locations, the board stated. The licensee has a previous violation history involving traceability, according to the board.

The board listed the infractions that led to the emergency license suspensions: 

  • About 60 pounds of product based on weight was missing from the licensed location.
  • Traceability tags from the licensed grow were found on products identified as “destroyed” in the traceability system, containers being used at an illicit grow, a clipboard next to clones being reused as plant tags and plants that were not consistent with normal cannabis growth patterns.
  • Unused labels used by the licensed location, with their identifying product name, were found at an illicit grow.
  • Invoices for work at an illicit grow were found addressed to the licensee at the Illegal grow.

“This emergency suspension was issued in the interest of public safety associated with criminal activity associated with the illicit market,” the board stated. “Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power and the (board) is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal in every way.”

It was the board’s first

Cannabis board suspends grow operation’s license over ‘illicit’ operations

 

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board  has suspended the producer’s license for a marijuana operation that authorities say grew illicit crops at several Thurston and Pierce County locations.

The board this week ordered  a 180-day emergency suspension for The Evans Group LLC, beginning Jan. 5, 2020.

“During that time the WSLCB will seek permanent revocation of the license,” the board stated in a news release.

The company is also registered under the trade names as Evans Cannabis, Olympia Cannabis, Olympia Cannabis LLC and Vertigro.

On June 25, warrants were served at six different locations involved with illicit marijuana production, the licensee’s residence and the licensed producer-processor location, according to the board. The investigation was led by the Tacoma Police Department, which requested board’s participation. 

More than 4,000 plants, including clones, were found at  illicit locations, the board stated. The licensee has a previous violation history involving traceability, according to the board.

The board listed the infractions that led to the emergency license suspensions: 

  • About 60 pounds of product based on weight was missing from the licensed location.
  • Traceability tags from the licensed grow were found on products identified as “destroyed” in the traceability system, containers being used at an illicit grow, a clipboard next to clones being reused as plant tags and plants that were not consistent with normal cannabis growth patterns.
  • Unused labels used by the licensed location, with their identifying product name, were found at an illicit grow.
  • Invoices for work at an illicit grow were found addressed to the licensee at the Illegal grow.

“This emergency suspension was issued in the interest of public safety associated with criminal activity associated with the illicit market,” the board stated. “Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power and the (board) is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal in every way.”

It was the board’s first marijuana-related emergency suspension issued this year. 

emergency suspension issued this year. 

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