US CA: City Gives Notice to Pot Stores

Pubdate: Wed, 5 May 2010
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles Times
Author: John Hoeffel
Referenced: The list of dispensaries notified
Referenced: An example letter
Bookmark: (Cannabis – California)
Bookmark: (Cannabis – Medicinal – U.S.)


L.A. Sends Letters to 439 Dispensaries Giving Operators Until June 7 to Shut Down

Los Angeles city prosecutors began notifying 439 medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday that they must shut down by June 7, when the city’s ordinance to regulate the stores takes effect. It’s the first step in what could be a lengthy and expensive legal battle to regain control over pot sales.

The letters, which were sent to both dispensary operators and property owners, warn that violations of the city’s laws are a misdemeanor and could lead to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Collectives that stay open after the deadline could also face civil penalties of $2,500 a day.

“We’re hopeful that the fact that we’ve given them more than 30 days to comply that a significant number of them will cease operating,” said Asha Greenberg, the assistant city attorney who has handled most of the efforts to close dispensaries.