“I therefore move that the City Council request the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Cannabis Regulation, and Department of Building and Safety, to prepare and present a draft ordinance that would create a new process for the City to padlock, barricade or fence property where unlicensed commercial cannabis business activity occurs,” moved Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson in the motion that opens a new chapter in the extinguishing of California’s illicit market.
- City Attorney Mike Feuer now begins working with DCR, LAPD and Building and Safety to forge a process that allows authorities to close off properties which are not in accord with state or local laws. Local law enforcement has already been permitted to turn off utilities of dispensary operators and fine their landlords.
- Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, who presented the motion with Harris-Dawson as part of the Cannabis Regulation Commission, said the law has become necessary because “despite increased law enforcement efforts” the unregulated market continues to thrive.
- Make no mistake, the statewide means of stopping non-compliant cannabis is increased law enforcement.