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Another Testing Lab Raided By The DEA
yet another example of our govt wasting OUR taxdollars...
Medical marijuana lab in Colorado Springs latest to be raided by DEA
We recently wrote about how a DEA raid at Full Spectrum Laboratories, a Denver medical marijuana testing facility, was triggered by the lab applying for an analytical lab licensure through the DEA. Now DEA agents have hit another marijuana testing lab -- Colorado Springs-based Genovations -- not long after the lab applied for the same license.
"They spent half a day with me. Nine of them," says Genovations owner Michael Lee of the agents who came knocking yesterday, adding that they walked away with a 25-pound box of marijuana stem material Lee was using to test and calibrate his machinery.
Lee's a relative old-timer in the medical marijuana scene: His Colorado Springs dispensary, Cannabis Therapeutics, is one of the oldest, around and he has a history of pushing the envelope. He decided recently to expand Genovations, a chemical lab where he's been experimenting with new THC extractions and products, to include cannabis testing for area dispensaries. He applied for the DEA license last month, had the necessary equipment installed two weeks ago and was planning on opening for business soon -- until the DEA arrived.
"Sixty-eight percent of all weed on the shelf right now is not appropriate for human consumption," he says. "I can test for molds, I can test for all these different pesticides. The funny thing is, the DEA doesn't want me to test for them."
The problem, explained DEA spokesperson Mike Turner in a recent interview, is that the DEA is required to inspect a lab that applies to them for a license. And if they happen to find marijuana during the inspection, they have to confiscate it since it's still a class-one narcotic under federal law. And this discovery will likely count against labs on their application.
From Lee's perspective, the situation's a catch-22. To correctly calibrate his machinery, he needs to use scientifically measured samples of marijuana components -- but to legally use those components, he needs a DEA license. And the DEA supervising agent who stopped by yesterday made it abundantly clear Lee wouldn't be getting that.
For one thing, says Lee, the agents told him that he couldn't have a DEA license and own his dispensary, Cannabis Therapeutics. "That would give me a safe haven from law enforcement, because I'm DEA certified," he explains. And even if he didn't own a dispensary, agents told him the license wouldn't do him much good because every pot grower he took samples from would have to be DEA certified, too -- and the feds are not about to start doing that.
Lee hasn't been thwarted, however. He's withdrawn his DEA license application, but he still plans to open Genovations's testing wing within a week -- though with a slightly different approach. "We're gonna move forward in another direction in what we were," he says, without going into specifics.
In the meantime, Lee will continue on at the forefront of Colorado's cannabis revolution, churning out strange concoctions like THC bubble bath and THC beer.
As Lee, a member of Colorado Springs mega-churches New Life and Radiant, puts it, "Each and every day I thank the good Lord."
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits" -Albert Einstein
the cops came to my home mind you 6 under cover cops to raid my home.They went through my whole home and found an 1/8 of weed i just got for my wife's birthday and that was it.They told me that my neighbor said i was selling drugs at 7/11 no sh#@ and it was the guy i don't get along with!the cop didn't tell me who it was but i knew!So our taxs are been wasted every day by the law,I mean come on,so i got my card and would love for them to come back, I will be waiting with my d@#$ out so they can all blowwwww me! I think of how much money at time was spent to get 1/8 of weed from me we are talkin thousands now that pisses me off!!! I can't wait till cali makes it legal for 21 and over and watch how fast the country see's how much better off we are the nation will stand againest the D.E.A and force them to deal with the real drug problem's like cocane, meth ect..the drug that truely destroy our kid's and our ppl in general.Just imagine if they spent all the time they spend on mj on the real bad drugs that harm ppl and influences ppl to harm other how much better it would be for this nation!!!THANK AGAIN FOR THAT POST GAVE U A REP FOR THAT!!!
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