The first reported armed robbery of a medical marijuana distribution center took place at Santa Barbara Hydroponics, 3128 State Street. Owner Jack Poet said he has been robbed three times before but never reported the earlier robberies because “medical marijuana is such a controversial issue.” Poet said the robber — in his thirties, 160 pounds, with red hair and a goatee — walked away with $30 cash and 15 small display baggies of marijuana.

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