Last week the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced that Speed Weed marijuana delivery service had "entered into a judicially enforced agreement to shutter their operations in the city of Los Angeles effective June 6, 2016."
Speed Weed is saying not so fast.
In a statement sent to the Weekly today, the service said, "Speed Weed continues to operate and expand. This is not the end of Speed Weed in the city of Los Angeles."
The normally outspoken co-founder of Speed Weed, A.J. Gentile, had been unusually silent regarding the City Attorney's action against the delivery firm.
The City Attorney's Office says delivery services are not legal under Proposition D, a law approved by voters in 2013. "There is no lawful delivery service under Proposition D," City Attorney Mike Feuer said in 2014.
His office has since targeted the largest delivery services in town, Speed Weed and Nestdrop, successfully so, at least if city prosecutors are to be believed.
But over the weekend Gentile reached out to suggest that Speed Weed would carry on in L.A.
"There are a couple of minor facts wrong in the L.A. Times story," he told us, actually referring to information published by the City Attorney's Office, "one being that we are closing. We are actually expanding.
"This story is much darker and deeper than Mike Feuer or anyone realizes," he said. "We'll tell L.A. the truth."
Speed Weed followed up with a meandering statement today.
"We intend to have our day in court," the firm stated. "Win or lose, it is important that a judge, jury and the Los Angeles voters understand the insidious way Proposition D was drafted, passed and enforced. L.A. citizens are unaware of the unintended consequences of this unjust, obscure and very dangerous zoning rule."
The company suggested that the City Attorney's enforcement of Proposition D was about "politics and money." It argues that Proposition D was passed during an off-year election with low turnout "and very little voter education."
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"We hope Mr. Feuer will allow us to present our irrefutable evidence that with Speed Weed in business, Los Angeles is a safer, freer place," the company stated. "We offer friendship and guidance to L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer. ... We hope Mr. Feuer will recognize this and accept our offer to help the City bring its cannabis laws in line with the true will of the voters. Proposition D will eventually be amended, repealed or replaced."
The City Attorney's Office alleged that Speed Weed has not only been operating a delivery service contrary to Proposition D but also has been running pot-filled distribution centers disallowed by city law.
We asked for the office's reaction to Speed Weed's contention that this is not over.
"Speed Weed agreed to the judicially enforceable injunction and to halt operations in the city of L.A. on June 6," said City Attorney's spokesman Rob Wilcox. "End of story."