A police crackdown on unlicensed marijuana companies in Los Angeles has yielded 120 felony case filings and greater than 500 individuals charged since metropolis attorneys sought to degree the taking part in area for marijuana companies that abide by the regulation, metropolis officers stated Friday.
Since Might, Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer has charged 515 individuals in reference to numerous marijuana enterprises, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
In every case the defendants have been accused of operating unlicensed marijuana ventures inside metropolis limits, a cost that carries penalties of six months in jail and no less than $1,000 in fines, FOX 11 Los Angeles reported.
California has for years been lax on marijuana and associated ventures have thrived for years. However earlier this yr the state started mandating that marijuana companies function with a metropolis and state license, the Orange County Register reported.
The crackdown, which stretched to all corners of Los Angeles, was meant to ship the message that metropolis authorities wouldn’t tolerate slicing corners within the marijuana enterprise, Feuer advised the Instances.
“In the event that they’re going to undergo this course of, it simply can’t be the case that others that flout the foundations are allowed to perform,” Feuer stated of unlicensed marijuana companies. “It’s unhealthy for many who purchase from them, it’s unhealthy for the communities by which they’re positioned, and once more, it threatens to undermine the viability of a system that’s predicated on lawful licensing.”
Town lawyer stated among the unlicensed companies operated close to public colleges or circumvented security laws totally.
Metropolis officers stated 472 of the 515 circumstances are pending.