Los Angeles landlords with unlicensed cannabis shops already run the risk of seeing their utilities shut down if caught, but an upcoming proposal at City Council could soon make the cost of illegal pot even steeper.
The proposal, which would bill landlords for the cost of anti-cannabis measures on their property, is the brainchild of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. In April, she noted that property owners are already billed for public safety actions such as brush fire hazard abatement and said that illegal pot poses the same magnitude of threat to Angelenos.
“Our taxpayers should not be the ones to bear the costs associated with enforcement and I look forward to bringing this policy citywide to ensure that those engaging in illegal commercial cannabis activity be brought to justice,” Rodriguez said.
Materials used to secure facilities and staff hours for those engaged in shutting down illegal operations are among the bevy of enforcement actions landlords foot the bill for.
Budgetary increases for illegal cannabis enforcement could go from around $3 million this year to around $30 million in the next city budget, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in March, the same month the City Council unanimously approved cutting water and power to businesses that failed to obtain a cannabis sales license.
Published: May 09, 2019
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