LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office, in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department, has filed 120 criminal cases against 515 defendants associated with 105 illegal commercial cannabis activity locations across the city.
"Los Angeles voters wanted common-sense rules to regulate recreational marijuana so public safety is protected in our neighborhoods," said Feuer. "Our message is clear--if you are operating an illegal cannabis business you will be held accountable."
"Since the City began its work on laws regarding cannabis, I have been consistent in my argument that we must enforce these new regulations," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez. "Today, we are letting our residents and those who want to flout our laws know that the City is not going to stand idly by, while the safety of our communities are at risk."
"The LAPD will continue to work in support of the entire City family to ensure the responsible and lawful commercial sales of cannabis in Los Angeles," said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.
"The Department of Cannabis Regulation commends the City Attorney and the LAPD for their successful efforts and continued dedication to identifying and prosecuting unlawful cannabis activity within the City," said Cat Packer, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation. "We all encourage residents to help in this effort by reporting questionable cannabis activity in their communities through the City’s online complaint portal."
Effective January 2018, all businesses conducting commercial cannabis activity in the City of Los Angeles are required to be licensed by both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles. The new regulations follow the passage in recent years of state laws allowing recreational cannabis use and cannabis sales in the State of California. Under newly adopted city guidelines, commercial cannabis activity is prohibited in certain designated zones or near sensitive sites including schools.
The City Attorney’s Marijuana Enforcement Unit has worked closely with LAPD to identify locations and individuals associated with unlicensed commercial cannabis activity. Locations associated with the filings are primarily commercial locations but also include grow sites, extraction labs, and delivery services distributed geographically by council district.
A full list of exact locations charged with the Council Districts they're in and case numbers is here.
All defendants face misdemeanor charges for violations of the Los Angeles Municipal Code regarding unlicensed commercial cannabis activity punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Since LAPD investigations and City Attorney criminal filings have commenced, 23 locations of alleged illegal activity have been closed.
Feuer will continue to work closely with the LAPD and the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation to identify and prosecute locations believed to be operating without a license.
Additional information on cannabis regulations, including how to get licensed and submitting a complaint about unlicensed commercial cannabis activity can be found at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.