Parks commends U.S. Attorney’s Office for Assisting in Regulation Illegal Marijuana Storefronts in the City of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Bernard C. Parks is commending and thanking the U.S. Attorney’s office for its help in regulating more than 70 illegal storefronts distributing marijuana in the City of Los Angeles.
“I want to commend and thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for deploying resources and enforcement efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal marijuana locations in the City,” said Councilmember Bernard C. Parks. “They are welcome to continue their efforts in Council District 8 in the future.”
On September 25, 2012, prosecutors filed three asset forfeiture lawsuits in federal court against properties where marijuana stores are located. Additionally, warning letters were sent to individuals associated with 68 of the 71 stores, and federal search warrants were granted for three of the stores. The lawsuits allege that the owners of the properties knowingly allowed commercial marijuana stores to operate.
“As today’s operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law. Event hose stores not targeted today should understand that they cannot continue to profit in violation of the law,” said United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. in a press release.
September 17, 2012 Los Angeles City Clerk June Lagmay announced that there was a sufficient number of verified signatures filed by proponents of a medical marijuana petition. The Los Angeles City Council must now take one of the following three actions: repeal the ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries, call a special election, or add the ordinance to the next regular City election, which would be the March 5, 2012 primary election. The Council is anticipated to take up this matter before October 7, 2012.