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Ron Galperin Releases Marijuana Dispensary Locations in LA

Blue Dot — 191 Marijuana businesses that complied with Proposition D according to the Office of Finance in 2017.
Lavender Dot — 756 Marijuana businesses that held Business Tax Registration Certificates in 2016.
GreenDot — 563 Marijuana businesses against which the LA City Attorney’s Office filed criminal cases.

Note: This story would not have been possible without Stewart Oscars’ research and persistence. The rules and regulations have been taken from other stories.

City Controller Ron Galperin just released a map of medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of Los Angeles. The map shows the placement and status of the present medical marijuana dispensaries.

In January 2018 both preexisting medical marijuana and recreational use marijuana will be allowed to operate but they will have to obtain new local permits. Also home delivery will be allowed.

There is a proposed 10 percent tax on recreational use marijuana and a 5 percent tax on medical.

The new rules will put strict limits on a business’s operating hours and appearance, require intense security and detailed employee and sales records to name a few.

The City will have tools to enforce the regulations, such as authorizing fines, criminal penalties or loss of power and water service for businesses operating without a license or ignoring city rules.

This in from City Attorney Mike Feuer …

This week my office made three important announcements about how we’re taking action to improve public safety and the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Note: Closure of medical marijuana shops in the Venice area has been noticeable as a result of Mike Feuer’s office and Claudia Martin, Venice’s neighborhood prosecutor, in particular.

Keeping Faith With The Voters-Enforcing Prop D-Medical Marijuana Restrictions
 The same day I was elected City Attorney in 2013, the voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition D to regulate L.A.’s medical marijuana dispensaries. I believe the voters sought to strike a balance with which I agree: on the one hand, making access to medical marijuana available for those who truly need it to alleviate their suffering; on the other, diminishing the number of dispensaries that then existed, eliminating those, for example that are too close to sensitive sites such as schools, parks and houses of worship.

I am proud that this week we announced a significant milestone in our effort to uphold the will of the voters: More than 500 unlawful medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles have closed since I took office. This outcome is the result of a close-knit partnership including our office, the LAPD, neighborhood councils and other community organizations.

Of course, we still have more to do. If you know of an unlawful medical marijuana business in your neighborhood let us know by e-mailing us at: atty.medicalmarijuana@lacity.org.

Keeping Tobacco Away From Kids 
A key to protecting our children and keeping neighborhoods safe is keeping cigarettes out of the hands of minors, who purchase an astonishing 45 million packs a year in California. This week we launched the City Attorney’s Responsible Retailer Initiative–in collaboration with parents, public health officials and retailers including Ralphs’ and Food4Less–to raise awareness and provide education about preventing tobacco sales to youth. We’ll couple this outreach with aggressive enforcement if sales to kids persist.

This Initiative is made possible through a unique $175,000 grant to the County Department of Public Health from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It goes hand-in-hand with our Neighborhood School Safety Program, which collaborates with key stakeholders to enhance the health and safety of our youth.

Tackling The Often Lethal Combination Of Gangs, Guns And Drugs
 My office is making a sustained effort to target problem properties across Los Angeles that are the sources of crime and violence. Yesterday I announced that my office filed a narcotics abatement lawsuit against the owners and operators of an alleged gang controlled apartment complex across the street from Locke High School. The property is known as a haven for illegal drugs and guns. My office also filed suit against the owners of a nearby gang-controlled single family home.

These actions are the latest in our effort to clean up properties that are magnets for crime, including four recent abatement lawsuits filed against properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Venice and Del Rey. Properties that draw gangs, drugs and guns create a potentially lethal combination and corrode our neighborhoods–especially when they are located across the street from a school. No family should have to put up with these conditions, and my office will continue to do everything we can to transform properties like these.

City Says “No” to Marijuana Site

b. proposed marijuana site
Proposed marijuana dispensary site for Mar Vista on Centinela was defeated. City Attorney Mike Feuer secured permanent injunctions that prohibited shop from opening at that location. Dispensaries are not allowed to operate in residential areas. Mar Vista residents demanded that dispensary not be allowed to open and Councilman Mike Bonin strongly backed up residents.

City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed criminal cases against 60 pot dispensary operators throughout Los Angeles. One such to leave Washington Blvd was at 730.

Marijuana Operator Pleads Guilty

517 Ocean Front Walk is where he operated.

517 Ocean Front Walk is where he operated.

Curt Robert Moore, formerly of Bayshore Wellness which operated at 517 Ocean Front Walk, pleaded guilty today, 3 February, to practicing medicine without a license which is a violation of California Business and Professions Code 2052(a).

He was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation. He has to pay a fine of $2,000, penalty assessments of approximately $8,265, pay $2,414 investigative costs to the California Medical Board, perform 240 hours community service, and he cannot own, operate, or be employed by any business which provides recommendations for or furnishes marijuana.

“It is our understanding that Bayshore Wellness is no longer in business,” wrote Claudia Martin, neighborhood prosecutor, LA City Attorney’s Office. “Consumer Protection handled the case against him,” she added. Martin provided the information.

California Business and Professions Code 2052 (a) states:

Notwithstanding Section 146, any person who practices or attempts to practice, or who advertises or holds himself or herself out as practicing, any system or mode of treating the sick or afflicted in this state, or who diagnoses, treats, operates for, or prescribes for any ailment, blemish, deformity, disease, disfigurement, disorder, injury, or other physical or mental condition of any person, without having at the time of so doing a valid, unrevoked, or unsuspended certificate as provided in this chapter or without being authorized to perform the act pursuant to a certificate obtained in accordance with some other provision of law is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and either impris


Marijuana shop Closing

Marijuana store at 730 Washington Blvd is relocating to somewhere else close.  This is one of the establishments targeted by City Attorney’s office.  Signs have been scratched from the windows.

Farmacy on Abbot Kinney Closes

Farmacy Closes

Farmacy closed. Sign on door says “We are located too close to the Vera Davis Youth Center.”

City Files Charges Against Seven MMD

Seven medical marijuana dispensaries within the Pacific Division have had criminal charges filed against them by the City Attorney’s Office. In all cases, according to Claudia Martin, deputy city attorney, the city has asked for the establishment to cease operations. If found guilty of the charges, a dispensary will have to close and will be subject to other probation conditions.

Those who were served are:
Cal Med Access, 754 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey;
Victory Holistic Care, 10955 Venice Blvd., LA 90034;
California Healing Gardens, 2501 Lincoln Blvd, Venice;
Green Cure, 1716 Main Street-Venice;
.Venice Beach House Collective, 904 Pacific Avenue, Venice;
Green Well Collective “Venice Organics,” 724 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; and
Green Cross LAX, 5593 W. Manchester, Los Angeles.

City Cracks Down on Marijuana Shops

Medical marijuana crackdown lists 754 Washington Blvd as one of the shops to be challenged by the law.