Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Sept. 7 announced that his office has filed 120 criminal cases against 515 defendants associated with 105 illegal commercial cannabis businesses throughout the city.
The cases were filed after the Los Angeles Police Department presented information to Feuer’s office about alleged illegal activity at the locations. Two sites in the local area were targeted – 5611 Hollywood Blvd. and 4810 Melrose Ave. – both of which appear to be vacant storefronts.
“Los Angeles voters wanted common-sense rules to regulate recreational marijuana so public safety is protected in our neighborhoods,” Feuer said. “Our message is clear. If you are operating an illegal cannabis business you will be held accountable.”
As of last January, all businesses conducting commercial cannabis activity in Los Angeles are required to be licensed by the state of California and the city of Los Angeles. Per city ordinance, commercial cannabis activity is prohibited in designated zones and near sensitive sites including schools, community centers, parks and other locations.
The city attorney’s Marijuana Enforcement Unit has worked with the LAPD to identify locations and individuals associated with unlicensed commercial cannabis activity. Locations associated with the criminal cases were primarily commercial businesses but also included grow sites, extraction labs and delivery services.
“The LAPD will continue to work in support of the entire city family to ensure the responsible and lawful commercial sales of cannabis in Los Angeles,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said.
“The Department of Cannabis Regulation commends the city attorney and the LAPD for their successful efforts and continued dedication to identifying and prosecuting unlawful cannabis activity within the city,” added Cat Packer, executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.
All of the defendants face misdemeanor charges for violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. Defendants’ names were not released. The offenses are punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 fines.
Feuer vowed to continue working with the LAPD and the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation to identify and prosecute locations operating without a cannabis license. To file a complaint about unlicensed commercial cannabis activity, visit cannabis.lacity.org.
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