Regulators claim marijuana store in Lacey offered free samples

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators say a marijuana store in Lacey offered free samples to undercover officers and a place to try the product in an unlicensed portion of the building.

The Olympian reports enforcement officers with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board searched the building containing Dank’s Wonder Emporium last month after receiving complaints.

Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter says the licensee advertised an illegal “try it before you buy it” promotion.

Carpenter says the board has referred a charge of operating a marijuana club to Thurston County prosecutors.

Store owner Random Vaughn says he plans to fight the state violations, which could result in his license being taken away.

Vaughn says the samples were purchased to be consumed in the separate office upstairs for his film production company.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.