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City Closes More than 500 Medical Marijuana Shops, Including 9 in Venice

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday that his office has closed more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries, including nine in Venice.

“Today I’m proud to announce that in just the last twenty months, we’ve closed more than five hundred illegal medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles.  Many were close to schools, child care centers and other sensitive sites.  Others were disrupting the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Feuer said in a statement.

“Our office has an extremely effective partnership with law enforcement and neighborhood stakeholders, and we’ve gotten momentum in our effort aggressively to enforce the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D,” he added.

City voters in 2013 passed Proposition D that limited the number of dispensaries to the 135 that have operated since September 2007. The ordinance also increased the city tax on medical marijuana businesses from $50 to $60 for each $1,000 of gross receipts.

Feuer took office in July 2013 and since then 503 medical marijuana businesses have been closed throughout the city. There were 94 closures in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Bureau, 76 closures in South Bureau, 224 closures in Valley Bureau and 109 closures in West Bureau.

There were 14 pot dispensaries closed in the LAPD’s Pacific Division, including the following nine in Venice:

  • Venice Organics,  724 Lincoln Blvd.
  • Venice Beach House, 904 Pacific Ave.
  • California Healing Gardens, 2501 Lincoln Blvd.
  • Cal Med Access, 754 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Green Cure LLC, 1716 Main St
  • Tree House DOGOs, 756 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Venezia Discount Collective, 3018 Washington Blvd.
  • Beach Side, 1325 Venice Blvd.
  • Nile Coop Collective Corp., 1501 S. Pacific Ave.

The City Attorney’s office has filed 245 criminal cases against about 1,000 defendants with cases filed against both business operators and property owners.

Feuer has created a six-person Medical Marijuana Enforcement Unit led by Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg that includes five more prosecutors. Two prosecutors were redirected by Feur to enforce Proposition D and City Hall provided funding for three prosecutors in the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

A medical marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights was closed in July 2014 and smartphone medical marijuana delivery app Nestdrop also was prohibited from operating in Los Angeles in December 2014 after civil action was taken by the City Attorney’s office.

-Venice Dispatch

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