Los Angeles marijuana czar Cat Packer did an impromptu Oprah Winfrey impersonation during an appearance at a Mendocino County retreat earlier this month when asked what she’d do with an unlimited budget and staff.
“Everyone would get licenses!” the director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation said with a smile, spurring the audience to giggle, cheer and clap.
“You get a license! You get a license! You get a license! Everyone would get licenses, and no one would get arrested.”
But the reality is, this is anything but a laughing matter for Los Angeles cannabis businesses.
The trade group announced plans to sue City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office, contending that South Central L.A. has been “ignored” when it comes to cracking down on unlicensed MJ shops.To the California Minority Alliance (CMA), for instance, it’s an issue that rises to legal action.
The lawsuit’s filing isn’t far off, CMA President Donnie Anderson told Marijuana Business Daily last week, noting his organization has met with several “powerhouse” lawyers interested in taking the case.
“We’re declaring war,” Anderson said, adding that the CMA has the support of both Gov. Gavin Newsom’s and L.A. Police Chief Michael Moore.
Soon after the CMA telegraphed its legal plans, the Southern California Coalition (SCC) sent a separate, more conciliatory letter to Feuer’s office, suggesting a number of different enforcement tactics it hopes will be more successful in closing rogue marijuana shops that have been undercutting legal retailers.
“We feel like it’s the only avenue left,” SCC Executive Director Adam Spiker said with a tone of resignation.
Published: June 20, 2019
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