The City Attorney of Los Angeles has cracked down on 105 unlicensed cannabis businesses since May, charging over 500 people with misdemeanors, reports KTLA Los Angeles.
City officials say that cracking down on unlicensed cannabis businesses those that play by the system’s rules. Los Angeles has passed ordinances requiring not just a California state cannabis license, but also a city license. Anyone charged with violating the city’s cannabis industry ordinances may be penalized with up to six months and jail and $1,000 in fines.
“Los Angeles voters wanted common-sense rules to regulate recreational marijuana so public safety is protected in our neighborhoods. Our message is clear: If you are operating an illegal cannabis business, you will be held accountable.” — City Attorney Mike Fauer, via KTLA
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore said city prosecutors will also work to seize properties used by unlicensed cannabis businesses via civil action. This puts pressure on landlords to help with enforcement.
“We know there are still hundreds of these locations out there, and we will continue to identify and take action,” said Chief Moore.