L.A. Launches Crackdown on Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses; More Than 500 People Are Charged

L.A. Launches Crackdown on Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses; More Than 500 People Are Charged

All told, the defendants account for 105 illegal marijuana businesses.

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September 10, 2018
Los Angeles Times
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A police crackdown on local unlicensed marijuana businesses has ended with misdemeanor charges against more than 500 people in Los Angeles, the city attorney’s office said.

In 120 criminal cases filed since May, City Atty. Mike Feuer has charged 515 people in connection with 105 illegal marijuana businesses, grow sites, extraction labs and delivery companies located throughout the city, his office announced Friday.

All of the defendants were charged with unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the city, which carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Local judges have been hearing the cases since May with arraignments scheduled through the end of October, Feuer’s office said.

Though the number of defendants is staggering and will make a dent in unlicensed operations in the city, the larger aim of the crackdown is to try to level the playing field for the marijuana businesses that are following the rules, Feuer said.

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