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.