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Drug task force raids several local marijuana operations

 Posted: 1:25 PM May 23, 2013

An area drug task force has raided several local marijuana operations, including a new business in Gold Hill that was featured in a May 20 story in the Mail Tribune.

According to a release from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force, police officers served eight state search warrants in Southern Oregon "to investigate three separate marijuana drug trafficking organizations."

The release said local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in the raids. The release also said that three organizations involved are alleged to have sold marijuana from store fronts located in Jackson County.

Among the sites raided was a Gold Hill business operated by Medford resident Mike Schanno, who described it in an earlier story as the region's first medical marijuana wellness center. Schanno also operates The Green Compass, a medical marijuana business off Medford's McAndrews Road.

Schanno said the Gold Hill site offers medical marijuana for patients with state-issued medical marijuana cards, along with classes on growing marijuana and services such as massages using cannabis-infused oils.

A press conference is planned for 3:30 p.m. today at the Medford Police Department, where additional information will be released.

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