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L.A. Officials Announce New Crackdown Plan on Pot Dispensaries

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By: Hal Eisner/FOX 11 Reporter

At a news conference City Attorney Mike Feuer says "If a medical marijuana dispensary is seeking to open for the first time in the City of Los Angeles today...it's unlawful.  Can't do it."

Can't do it under Prop-D, he says, which requires those who operate pot shops to have started their  business before 2007.

Sam Humeid  started his pot shop in 2006. He's proud of how his pot shop is Prop-D compliant. He knows there are those making the business look bad.

The owner of Perennial Holistic Wellness Center says he's "seen the rise of uncontrolled dispensaries in Los Angeles." So, Humeid is glad to see the City Attorney taking action.

Says Feuer, "Our office believes very strongly that the principal goal of enforcing Proposition D is taking those unlawful dispensaries off the street and shut them down."  Of those not Prop-D compliant, Feuer and his team have aggressively shut down 100 marijuana shops using new rules from Prop D capping how many the city can have.  And , says the City Attorney, "We've been prosecuting hundreds of dispensary owners, workers and others. Nearly 300 such  people have been subject of our criminal prosecutions so far."

Humeid thinks the City Attorney is doing a "wonderful" job and getting a handle on what has been wildly uncontrolled for many years. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck agrees and says he is giving Feuer more manpower to better do his job. 165 senior lead officers will be at his disposal. 

And, one more thing: the Chief and Feuer  are enlisting the help of realtors who rent to pot shop owners so they don't unlawfully rent to someone. 

It's the latest effort by Feuer to crack down on pot shops.

 PREVIOUSLY:

(FOX 11/ CNS) - Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and police Chief Charlie Beck have announced a campaign to help property owners and real estate agents comply with Proposition D, a voter-approved measure regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

Proposition D, approved last May, bans all but about 100 medical marijuana dispensaries.

Feuer has gone after not only dispensary owners but also property owners leasing space to unauthorized pot dispensaries.

Those who violate the voter-approved ban face misdemeanor charges that carry penalties of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Since the pot shop ban took effect July 20, Feuer has opened at least 68 cases against business and property owners. He also has secured an injunction against real estate brokers and a sales person involved in a planned medical marijuana dispensary in Mar Vista.

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