Weed Shops in Wilmington Targeted by L.A. Authorities
File photo by Timothy Norris/L.A. Weekly
The labor dispute that temporarily halted the flow of goods coming through ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is over, but one hot item is in danger of coming off the shelves at nearby retailers anyway.
L.A. city officials today announced they have successfully shut down one Wilmington dispensary, 420 Collective, and that six others are being targeted with lawsuits that, if successful, would also force them to shut their doors.
What did they do wrong?
The L.A. City Attorney's office calls the shops "illegal" and says they've engaged in "unlawful business practices."
The court action is part of a longer-term crackdown on dispensaries that operate within the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division, which includes Wilmington, San Pedro and Harbor Gateway.
Since City Attorney Mike Feuer took office 19 months ago, 18 weed sellers in that area have been shut down, his office says.
The 420 Collective at 408 N. Avalon Blvd. violated the city's voter-approved dispensary law, Proposition D, and engaged in those illicit business practices, prosecutors said today. A judge agreed and granted a temporary restraining order that forces 420 to close up shop.
A hearing on the matter for a more permanent preliminary injunction was scheduled March 19.
As for those other shops, the City Attorney's office says those six business are part of a six-block, Avalon Boulevard "cluster" of cannabis retailing in Wilmington. Prosecutors have filed civil suits seeking "injunctive relief," a.k.a. extinction.
City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan told us those shops have violated "a variety" of Proposition D's rules, including being too close to each other and, in some cases, not being eligible for Proposition D protection or being too close to "sensitive sites" such as schools, churches and parks.
The office named the following targets:
Weedland (646 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Organic Wellness (618 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Buds (712 N. Avalon Blvd.); LA Collective Herbal (728 N. Avalon; Avalon Center (814 N. Avalon Blvd.) and Avalon Medical Center (1019 N. Avalon Blvd.).
Hearings for those shops are also scheduled in March.
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