The LA City Planning Committee has voted to send the latest City Attorney Medical Marijuana Ordinance to city council for consideration.
From a recent Park La Brea News Beverly Press interview with Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg, who oversees enforcement operations for the City Attorney’s Office “the dispensaries are targeted for prosecution based on complaints received from law enforcement, the community and other sources, such as city council offices.
Greenberg said certain dispensaries (targeted) were in violation of a state law preventing dispensaries from being within 600 feet of a school. Greenberg said there also numerous cases pending in various stages of litigation.
As far as priorities with the LAPD “We respond to community complaints about these locations, as we respond to any complaints about illegal narcotics activity. We proactively check these places and the community does report the crimes. There are also quality of life issues we handle, such as loitering, trash and secondary sales, and that type of activity should be reported to the local police stations or the senior lead officers. I don’t want to give the impression that we are ignoring them. If they are violating the law, then we will take a look at that.”
“We are doing everything we can in light of the state of the law, and unfortunately, the dispensaries take advantage of that,” Greenberg said. “We do file lawsuits under the statutes available to us, and that sometimes makes the proceedings very lengthy and protracted. It can make it very difficult to shut these places down.”