LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a temporary restraining order stopping the operation of 420 Collective, an illegal medical marijuana business in Wilmington and is seeking further injunctive relief against six other Wilmington businesses clustered within a six block span of each other. Feuer’s enforcement efforts have already resulted in the closure of 18 dispensaries within the LAPD’s Harbor Division.
"The Wilmington community should not have to endure this concentration of marijuana dispensaries," said City Attorney Feuer. "My office will do everything we can to enforce Proposition D and close unlawful dispensaries.”
"We’re sending a message loud and clear that illegal dispensaries will not be tolerated in the Harbor Area. I’m glad to be working with City Attorney Feuer and LAPD in their stepped up enforcement efforts to crack down on unlawful businesses,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino
The operators of 420 Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary located at 408 N. Avalon Boulevard in Wilmington, are charged in a civil lawsuit with violations of Proposition D, Zoning Code violations and unlawful business practices. The property owner faces similar charges. The maximum penalty for each violation is $2,500 per day. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ross Klein granted a temporary restraining order restricting the business from operating. A hearing date for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 19 in Department S-27 of the Long Beach Courthouse. In addition, Feuer has filed civil cases against six other medical marijuana dispensaries located within a six-block span of Avalon Boulevard. These locations include: 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 injunctive relive seeking to close all the medical marijuana businesses within the Avalon Boulevard cluster are scheduled in March, 2015.
In the 19 months since Feuer took office 461 medical marijuana businesses have closed in the City, including 18 in the Harbor Area. Feuer’s Office has filed over 241 criminal cases against 978 defendants including eight pending cases in the Harbor area. Criminal cases filed by the City Attorney are against both the business operators as well as the property owners. The City Attorney has also taken civil action including an injunction closing a popular medical marijuana farmers market in July 2014 and a smartphone medical marijuana delivery app in Dec. 2014.
Deputy City Attorney Christian Commelin successfully secured the temporary restraining order. Deputy City Attorneys Meredith McKittrick Ford, John Prosser, Maria Ghobadi and Micah Levenson are also handling medical marijuana cases in other parts of the City.