L.A. to crack down on pot dispensaries

10/29/2013 2:51 pm0 commentsViews: 30



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From City News Service

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said he is going after not just marijuana dispensaries but also property owners as part of his enforcement of Proposition D, a voter-approved measure that winnowed the number of legal pot shops down to 135.

Property owners who violate Proposition D — which won passage in May — face misdemeanor charges that carry penalties of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail, he said.

Once property owners “who don’t contemplate they will ever be a defendant in a criminal action” know the city “means business,” they will move to evict unlawful dispensaries, he said.

Feuer said he is prosecuting 38 dispensaries and “that number is increasing steadily.”

Another 40 have voluntarily closed since being notified of the pot shop ban, which went into effect July 20. His office sent out letters to more than 800 marijuana dispensaries they believe are operating.

Feuer said he has yet to receive any legal challenges to Proposition D, though dispensaries initially threatened action.

Feuer assumed office July 1. He was elected in May, during which he shared a ballot with Proposition D and two other marijuana measures that failed.


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