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Phoenix police raid illegal marijuana dispensary

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PHOENIX -

Police have shut down a Phoenix business that didn't have a marijuana dispensary license.

Investigators served a search warrant at the Green Thumb Academy near 7th Street and Virginia on Thursday morning.  Police say they found about 6 ½ pounds of high-grade marijuana.

The police department's Drug Enforcement Bureau received complaints from authorized medical-marijuana dispensaries that the Green Thumb Academy was illegally posing as an authorized dispensary.

That began an investigation.

"Legal dispensaries get word through the medical marijuana community that these things are going on," said Lt. Darren Viner of the Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Bureau.  "When you're not a licensed dispensary through the Department of Health Services, then you are just like anybody else on the street corner that's selling marijuana."

Police say the building showed all the signs of being a legitimate medical marijuana dispensary.  The store did check for medical marijuana cards before dispensing the drugs.

It even had a sign on the front door that informed customers of the illegality of obtaining marijuana for anyone other than themselves.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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