LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured the closure of more than 500 medical marijuana shops across the city. "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," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "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." In the 21 months since Feuer took office, 503 medical marijuana businesses have closed across the City, including: 94 closures in the Central Bureau, 76 closures in South Bureau, 224 closures in Valley Bureau, and 109 closures in West Bureau.
The City Attorney’s Office has also filed 245 criminal cases against 1,000 defendants. Criminal cases filed by the City Attorney can be against both the business operators as well as the property owners.
In the past year, the City Attorney has also taken civil action closing a medical marijuana farmers market in July 2014 and smartphone medical marijuana delivery app Nestdrop in December 2014.
Additionally, the City Attorney’s Office has successfully litigated 40 challenges to Prop D.
The City Attorney's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Unit is led by Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg and includes 5 additional criminal prosecutors: Christian Commelin, Meredith McKittrick Ford, John Prosser, Maria Ghobadi and Micah Levenson.
Upon becoming City Attorney, Feuer redirected two existing positions to enforce the voter mandate and the City Council and Mayor added funding for three additional prosecutors in the City budget in Fiscal Year 2014-15.