The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to crack down on unlicensed cannabis businesses, including locking and sealing premises and potentially shutting off utilities.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended implementing a set of recommendations for closing down illegal shops — which have often closed in one location only to pop up in another — as outlined in a May report from the Office of Cannabis Management. The county has been threatening these tactics since July 2018.
Some details still need to be worked out, including the appropriate procedures for locking business owners out and the feasibility of shutting off utilities, as well as whether the plan can be paid for by civil penalties.
In the meantime, the county plans to hire a consultant to design an outreach campaign to educate residents who may be unaware of the applicable laws or how to tell if a cannabis store or delivery service is licensed and what risk they face by shopping at illegal businesses.
Solis stressed in her motion that the plan emphasizes “non-criminal interventions to avoid the inequities brought about by the war on drugs.”
Published: May 21, 2019
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