Sonoma County DA investigating cannabis lab for hazardous conditions after raid

FILE

SANTA ROSA (BCN)—The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office is investigating allegations that a cannabis oil production operation in the county poses hazards to employees and neighbors.

Law enforcement agencies raided multiple buildings and homes of the Absolute Xtracts and Care By Design cannabis processing laboratory in the Santa Rosa area Wednesday.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch said the searches were made to determine whether state and or federal laws were violated.

The lab facility operator, 43-year-old Dennis Hunter, of Rohnert Park, was arrested for felony manufacturing of a controlled substance by chemical extraction. He is scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court Friday afternoon, but it’s uncertain if Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch will file charges Friday.

Ravitch said this afternoon her main concern is whether there were violations of the state law regarding the proper storage and removal of hazardous and volatile waste and unsafe working conditions.

“I would like to underscore that I support the right of the People of California to use medical cannabis,” Ravitch said in a news release.

“I also support the right of those who are properly credentialed to produce medical cannabis,” Ravitch said.

“We will continue to work alongside the U.S. Attorney’s Office to review all relevant information moving forward as to the nature and scope of the operation that was the target of the investigation,” Ravitch said.

Members of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance held a rally at the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse this morning to protest the raid and attest to the medicinal value of cannabis oil particularly for patients with epilepsy.

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