In the wake of the city of Los Angeles' decision to close all pot shops in town, some of you were thinking, Fine, I'll just go to Orange County to get my “medicine.”
Not so fast.
Federal authorities today cracked down on several marijuana dispensaries in Anaheim and La Habra, ordering each and every one of them to close and …
… moving to seize the assets of three property owners because they are housing what the feds allege are illicit pot shops.
Those shops, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office statement, include:
-AAA Wellness Center and Anaheim Patients Association, both at 503 N. Anaheim Blvd., both of which, feds say, have also been issued closure orders by the city of Anaheim. Both of those shops were also raided via search warrants this morning, U.S. officials said.
-Releaf Health & Wellness at 2601 W. Ball Road, also the subject of an Anaheim cease-and-desist letter.
-Premium Organic Treatments PCA, Mid-County Patients Association and DKG Group Corp., also targets of city closure orders, at 3148-3164 E. La Palma Ave.
Letters warning property owners and operators associated with 66 dispensaries in Anaheim and La Habra were also sent out, the U.S. Attorney's Office said today.
Authorities said they believe 38 of the 64 Anaheim targets were still open; others have already closed, apparently. The two La Habra dispensaries targeted in the warning letters were raided last Thursday, too, feds said.
The warnings give those folks with still-operating dispensaries 14 days to close their doors.
The forfeiture lawsuits state:
While these marijuana stores purport to be 'medical marijuana dispensaries' operating pursuant to California law, and claim to be distributing marijuana for medical purposes, such distribution is not a recognized exception to the [federal] Controlled Substances Act.