Medical-pot advocates riled over federal raid of Denver lab |

Medical-pot advocates riled over federal raid of Denver lab

John Ingold
The Denver Post

Federal drug-enforcement agents earlier this week seized medical-marijuana samples from a Denver lab that does potency testing for dispensaries, in what cannabis advocates say is an instance of continued official harassment of the medical-marijuana industry.

The raid at Full Spectrum Laboratories, just north of downtown Denver, occurred Wednesday, said Betty Aldworth, the lab’s outreach director. She said agents took dozens of medical-marijuana samples – either small pieces of plants or test tubes of “extraction fluid” – but left the lab’s equipment and did not arrest anyone.

Neither a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman nor a U.S. attorney’s office spokesman would confirm or deny that the raid took place.

Documents that would reveal why federal authorities targeted the lab were not available Thursday.

“We cannot comment on ongoing federal investigations,” DEA spokesman Mike Turner said.

Rob Corry, an attorney for the lab, also declined to comment.

Aldworth said lab employees are baffled as to why DEA agents would raid the lab. She said the lab is designated as a caregiver for several medical-marijuana patients in the state.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last year that federal authorities would not bother people operating in compliance with their state’s medical-marijuana laws, but would continue to pursue anyone authorities believed were using the laws as cover for more nefarious activities.

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