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  • Protests follow arrests

    Raids at medical marijuana distributors lead to heated debate
  • Drug cops raided four Jackson County marijuana dispensaries Thursday, making four felony arrests and leaving behind a crowd of angry medical marijuana advocates and patients.
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  • Drug cops raided four Jackson County marijuana dispensaries Thursday, making four felony arrests and leaving behind a crowd of angry medical marijuana advocates and patients.
    The sweep included three medical marijuana businesses in Medford and one in Gold Hill, Medford police Chief Tim George said.
    "This was the product of a two-year investigation in which we developed information that illegal marijuana sales were occurring at these storefronts," George said.
    The raids were conducted by officers assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team. The officers seized evidence from stores in Medford including SONORML on West Sixth Street, Puffin' Stuff on Crater Lake Avenue and The Green Compass on East McAndrews Road.
    In addition, officers raided The Compass on Second Avenue in Gold Hill.
    Among those arrested was Lori Duckworth, 50, who is the executive director of the Southern Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, or SONORML.
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