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8 medical marijuana dispensaries closed following TNT raids

Eight Grand Traverse County medical marijuana dispensaries are closed after being raided on Wednesday.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Eight Grand Traverse County medical marijuana dispensaries are closed after being raided on Wednesday.

Police say a month long investigation found the dispensaries were selling marijuana illegally.

"It was a month-long investigation of undercover officers going in and buying marijuana from the provisioning centers when they didn't have a patient caretaker relationship," said Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O'Brien.

The Traverse Narcotics Team raided each of the dispensaries at the same time on Wednesday, including four in Traverse City: 809 Provisioning Center, Great Lakes Helping Hands, Select Pro Visions and Superior Genetics.

The four others throughout Grand Traverse County are Interlochen Alternative Health, MI Pure Provisions in Fife Lake, Great Lakes Helping Hands in Williamsburg and Green Relief in Grawn.

"All of a sudden the cars started coming in," said Jill Duell, who witnessed one of the raids. "State cops, city cops, TNT. They came running up to the door and then in they went in for two hours."

What they walked out with was marijuana, marijuana plants, edibles, wax and money.

"A caregiver in Michigan is allowed to have 2.5 ounces of marijuana per patient and is allowed to have up to five patients total," said Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Josh Lator.

1st Lt. Lator said the dispensaries were in clear violation of Michigan law.

"I understand the value of medical marijuana and I understand alternative treatments," said Chief O'Brien. "But you still have to follow the law and I think that's the message that I want to give to everybody."

Chief O'Brien said though the dispensaries are closed patients can still get medical marijuana from their caregivers.

The findings from the raids will be turned over to the Grand Traverse County Prosecutors Office for possible criminal charges.

No arrests have been made.

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