COSTA MESA — When federal and local authorities raided Chadd McKeen's marijuana dispensary Tuesday morning, he was shocked.
He said his store, Otherside Farms, is cleaner, more transparent and in line with state medicinal laws compared to others in Costa Mesa.
Police and federal authorities executing a search warrant at the business Tuesday seemed to agree.
"This place is [expletive] awesome," one man was heard saying over security video, while others tried to open the door to where the marijuana plants are hung out to dry.
"I would definitely buy my weed here," another joked.
McKeen said he can boast about 1,200 regular patients — called customers, according to federal authorities — who visit the two-story business on Broadway, across the street from Triangle Square.
He said that while not completely surprised that the Drug Enforcement Administration ultimately shut down his place with help from local police and the U.S. attorney's office, he's baffled as to why his and one other dispensary nearby on Cabrillo Street, American Collective, were hit while dozens of others in the city remained in operation.