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Pot advocates protest outside courthouse

Medical marijuana advocates rallied outside the Spokane County Courthouse today.

Led by dispensary owner Chantel Jackson and a bullhorn, the protesters saved signs advocating medical marijuana and asking where patients can buy their supply now that dispensaries have been warned to shut down.

Their main target? Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Grasso.

In case you missed it, the owners of Change were arrested yesterday after a four-month investigation that saw search warrants served at five properties.

All the other dispensaries in town were warned to shut down by the prosecutor's office. Read my story here.

Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe explains the raid in a video below.

At one point, she says investigators have fielded complaints from Change customers that they'd been overcharged or had paid too much for their pot.

"There is no quality control. We’ve had indications that people are returning marijuana for lack of good quality. You know, maybe some over charging of the amount of marijuana they could buy on the street," DeRuwe said.

But it's not like there's quality control on the street either, and the police department is hardly the Better Business Bureau.

DeRuwe's statement touches on a central issue in the controversy clouding Washington's medical marijuana: the lack of a legal way for medical patients to obtain marijuana.

The law doesn't specify how patients can find caretakers, or how caretakers can obtain seeds to grow plants.

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