On 420, Authorities Target Valley Marijuana Business
Updated at the bottom with a few more details, including arrests. First posted at 4:13 p.m. Friday, April 20.
Is nothing sacred? On 4/20, of all dates, we received word of a raid on at least one marijuana dispensary in Woodland Hills this afternoon. We're looking into the possibility that other cannabis outlets in the area were hit by authorities as well.
Police would only tell the Weekly that search warrants were being served in the LAPD's Topanga Division area.
The raid we were told about happened at a pot shop near ...
... Topanga Canyon and Victory boulevards.
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The closest dispensary is Topanga Caregivers, where no one was answering the phone this afternoon.
Several calls to LAPD's Media Relations were fruitless. A Topanga watch commander said an investigator would call us with more details.
[Added at 4:45 p.m.]: At 12:28 p.m. Twitter users Prop 215 Attorney blasted this:
RAID today in Woodland Hills! Topanga Caregivers
— Prop 215 Attorney (@Prop215Atty) April 20, 2012
[Update at 12:21 on Monday, April 23]:
A few more calls to the LAPD today were again fruitless, but Degé Coutee, executive program director of the Patient Advocacy Network, sent out an email stating that "three staff members" were "still in custody" following the raid on Topanga Caregivers.
The search warrant called for "electronics, records and such," Coutee said, adding that the raid was a "smash and grab" to seize cash and marijuana.
Coutee said the dispensary had "worked with" city Councilman Dennis Zine's office in order to attempt to maintain compliance with city rules.
The advocate also said that the outlet had been busy as a result of the closure of all the collectives in the LAPD's neighboring Devonshire Division.
Coutee said that Topanga Caregivers holds patient appreciation days on the 20th of each month and that 4/20 was "exceptionally special," with events in its parking lot:
It appears the LAPD knew this would a be busy day ... The actions by LAPD
today appear opportunistic and vindictive.