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Tacoma pot producer’s license suspended after site check finds untagged product

An emergency license suspension against a Tacoma pot producer was announced Friday by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Emergency suspensions have happened in the past for liquor licensees, but this is the first time one has been served on a marijuana license, according to the board.

The emergency order was served on Refined Cannabinoids, 3303 S. 35th St. Boris Kogon of One Eyed Kings LLC, a license holder for the company, referred questions from The News Tribune about the suspension to his attorney. LCB’s suspension paperwork also lists Sasquatch Herb LLC, represented by Jonathan Barnett, as co-licensee.

In a release, the board said investigators, acting on a complaint, “conducted a premise check at the licensed location and observed numerous and substantial violations, including full rooms of untagged plants, clones and finished product.”

Traceability tags are required to track pot plants and help in other industry tracking, such as monitoring for tax compliance, diversion and product recalls.

According to the release, “officers discovered and seized 2,569 marijuana plants, 1,216 marijuana plant clones, 375.8 lbs. of frozen marijuana flower stored in 11 freezer chests, 3,423 0.5 gram marijuana cigarettes, and 97.5 lbs. of bulk marijuana flower without the requisite traceability identifiers.”

As a result, the board issued the emergency suspension for 180 days, starting Friday (July 13), and officers seized the remaining product at the site.

Plants, clones, trimmings and flowers will be destroyed, while stable, nonperishable material and derivatives will be held, pending permanent license revocation, according to the release.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell