Though recreational marijuana has been legal in California for over a year, local authorities continue to crack down on black market cannabis dispensaries, including in Los Angeles County.
Complaints from residents in unincorporated East Los Angeles about illegal cannabis dispensaries led to a massive response from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit. Authorities served warrants at two locations that had already been shut down before.
“We have about 300 identified illegal dispensaries in unincorporated L.A. County. We have closed approximately 140 of them. They could have re-opened, but that’s 150 that are still open and running illegally in unincorporated L.A County,” said Captain Holly Francisco, with the sheriff’s department.
That’s just one part of the county. One of the locations they searched sold a type of marijuana that could get you sick, authorities said.
“When we take this off the market, this black market marijuana, it could save a life. The THC levels in some of this that kids could get a hold of, it’s important to us and our detectives will continue to do that,” Francisco said.
While searching another illegal dispensary, authorities found something that isn’t common when serving search warrants at similar locations: a grow room.
Published: October 08, 2019
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