UPDATED: Sheriff’s Office assists in state raids on marijuana shops in Northeast Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The state Bureau of Cannabis Control issued search warrants at two local pot shops yesterday after they were found to be operating without a license.

According to the bureau, the shops were Knotts Collective at 902 Knotts Street and Backyard Organics, located at 2111 River Boulevard.

After receiving multiple complaints about illegal activity at the shops, the BCC said it sent investigators undercover to make a purchase and confirmed that the shops were operating without a license.

With the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the bureau conducted a probation sweep. 

At Backyard Organics, cannabis flowers, edibles and cannabis concentrate were seized, an estimated retail value of nearly $185,000. More than $11,000 in cash was seized.

At Knotts Collective, the search warrant also resulted in the seizure of cannabis flowers, edibles, cannabis concentrate, as well as vape pens with an estimated retail value of nearly $300,000. Nearly $2,800 in cash was also seized.

The bureau said the state cannot issue any commercial cannabis licenses to a county that has a ban in place.

Tuesday’s raid comes just days after the sheriff’s office raided four other dispensaries in Bakersfield. On Friday, KCSO confiscated nearly 50 pounds of marijuana and edibles in the raid, along with a gun.

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