Media Release: LCB Finds Illegal THC, Other Unlicensed Products at Tobacco/Vapor Retailer in Seattle

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Nov. 3, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Contact: Julie Graham


LCB Finds Illegal THC and Other Unlicensed Products at Tobacco/Vapor Retailer in Seattle


OLYMPIA WA: On Oct. 20, 2023, while investigating a complaint at Trichome, a licensed tobacco and vapor product retailer in Seattle, officers with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Vapor Unit found items containing THC and synthetic THC; Trichome is not licensed to sell cannabis products.


LCB officers found refrigerators locked with a cable and evidence of items commonly used for drug trafficking including fentanyl test strips, a scale, and packaging baggies. Several dozen edible items were packaged, labeled by weight and strain name, and other characteristics indicative of products intended to be sold. Also found were liquor, suspected hashish, and a substantial quantity of mushrooms.


Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for investigation of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA). 


The Oct. 20 search warrant did not allow LCB to search the locked refrigerators. Therefore, LCB sought and received an additional warrant which was carried out at LCB’s Olympia Headquarters on Nov. 2, 2023. This search found several dozen packages of edible items, unidentified liquids, and other possible controlled substances. These products are being further analyzed at the state crime lab. If test results from the seizures confirm illegal substances, criminal charges will be recommended to the appropriate law enforcement agency.


Licensee name:  Trichome LLC Location:  618 S Jackson ST, Seattle, WA State License Endorsements:  Cigarette retailer, Tobacco retailer, Vapor retailer.

The licensee has withdrawn their license voluntarily.

Images of the seized products: 

Image 1 (chocolate products)
Image 2 (chex-style mix)
Image 3 (mushrooms)

Additional images available on request.

The LCB educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws and regulations. The LCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law, the Board, under state authority can take action including suspensions or revocations to ensure public health and safety.