Pot Shop in Mar Vista Permanently Shut Down
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L.A. authorities today warned rogue pot shops that they will be blasted into oblivion by courtroom munitions.
The City Attorney's office offered up as an example the permanent shutdown of a Mar Vista dispensary that it says tried to open its doors in violation of a voter-approved initiative that limits the number of cannabis retailers in town to the 100 or so that have been around since a 2007 moratorium on such outlets.
Prosecutors today gloated that the permanent injunction against the business marked "the first time that a real estate broker and salesperson were included in [such] an enforcement action."
The store at 3472 Centinela Ave. was the subject of an injunction issued by Superior Court Judge James Chalfant, the City Attorney's office said.
Last fall the city announced it was going after the shop, legal guns blazing, after the shop allegedly attempted to open despite that voter ban on new dispensaries in town.
Last year's Prop. D effectively outlawed about 90 percent of L.A.'s 1,000 or so pot shops.
The City Attorney's office says the Mar Vista injunction applies to "the operator, property owner, real estate broker and real estate salesperson" and that it orders the shop to be kicked out of the locale within 10 days.
But the place never even opened. The saga began in October when Westside City Councilman Mike Bonin warned the operators in a letter that "a dispensary at this location would be illegal."
It has taken this long to permanently close the doors on the case, however, raising the question of whether the City Attorney's office has the resources to do this 900 more times in order to get rogue shops to obey.
So far, the office says it has targeted only 68 stores for enforcement action. Meanwhile, dispensaries keep opening. Some, claiming to be legal under Prop. D, have moved to new locations and shifted ownership.
City Attorney Mike Feuer:
Our Office will be launching an education campaign directed to real estate brokers, salespersons and leasing agents to help them comply with Proposition D. It is essential for them to understand the law and the seriousness of their aiding an unlawful medical marijuana business to open. They need to know that they, along with dispensary owners and landlords, could find themselves included in our enforcement efforts.
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