California Industry Association Head Faces Suit to Close Dispensary

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A dispensary run by the president of the California Cannabis Industry Association has come under fire from local officials who want to shut down the operation, underscoring the difficulty of doing business in unregulated states.

Lakisha Jenkins, who also sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association, told Marijuana Business Daily she received a complaint letter from Stanislaus County, California, supervisors on Tuesday, which she forwarded to her lawyer.

The supervisory board voted in a closed session to file a lawsuit to shut down Jenkins’ Kiona’s Farm’acy in Oakdale. Officials also want the dispensary to pay a $2,500 civil fine and the costs of the lawsuit.

Jenkins said she’s received similar complaints concerning her other dispensary in another California city but never for the one in Oakdale, which also serves as a holistic health and natural food center. She doesn’t think the complaint or the lawsuit are too concerning, saying she’s faced administrative hearings in the past and resolved them before ever going to court.

Still, Jenkins said she’s prepared to defend herself and her business should the need arise.

“It’s always an uphill battle, but I’m willing to fight if it’s necessary,” she said.

John Doering, counsel for the county, told the Modesto Bee the supervisors filed the suit to discourage dispensaries from operating in the unincorporated area. Stanislaus County prohibits dispensaries from opening unless they’re allowed by state and federal law, according to the newspaper.