L.A. mayor considers crackdown on unlicensed marijuana shops

Los Angeles is contemplating a major clampdown on illegal cannabis shops that have bedeviled the licensed industry’s bottom line.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday he is considering adding “tens of millions” of dollars to the fight against the flourishing illicit market.

The mayor didn’t put a precise figure on the spending for the city’s upcoming budget but said it would go toward police overtime and enforcement operations in other city agencies.

He said legal cannabis shops “can’t get undercut every single day” by illicit sellers that typically have lower prices.

California kicked off broad legal sales in 2018, but Los Angeles has struggled to get control of its vast illegal marijuana economy. The City Council has even tried to get involved in the fight against illicit cannabis shops.

L.A. is the largest U.S. city with a legal cannabis market.

– Associated Press

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4 comments on “L.A. mayor considers crackdown on unlicensed marijuana shops
  1. George Bianchini on

    LA should spend their money on something important, like the homeless. My last trip down was an eye opener. What a sh*thole city. This cannabis mess was caused by them and the BCC. The industry has been bought and sold to big money. This is the result. Let see how much money they spend on this new war on pot. I want to see the results.
    Since when do local politicians use force on an evolving new industry. No enforcement should happen until prop 64 is properly rolled out. Pay to play was not part of the intentions behind cannabis legalization.
    The grey and black market was supposed to be included into the market. Bad management from the start. The BCC bears most of the blame for this. The BCC has directly and intentionally violated Ca. Code 26013 and 26014.

    California Business and Professions Code
    Sec. 26014
    The bureau shall convene an advisory committee to advise the bureau and licensing authorities on the development of standards and regulations pursuant to this division, including best practices and guidelines that protect public health and safety while ensuring a regulated environment for commercial marijuana activity that does not impose such unreasonably impracticable barriers so as to perpetuate, rather than reduce and eliminate, the illicit market for marijuana.
    California Business and Professions Code Sec. 26013
    shall not unreasonably restrain or inhibit the development of alternative procedures or technology to achieve the same substantive requirements, nor shall such regulations make compliance unreasonably impracticable.
    This has been a total failure from the start. The fox is in the hen house. Yet the chickens are not going anywhere! It’s your mess, let’s see how many millions are spent and how many felony convictions for this now legal flower!!!!!!!!
    If you bust one, two more will follow. Then it returns to the street. Coming soon to your front door, $10 eights.
    We need new regs. ones that work in real life. We also need industry people on the board. Ban the alcohol and tobacco board members. Their best practices are destroying the industry.
    80% black market now, then 85 then 90 then 95. The unique thing is the consumers are driving this, and the consumers will always determine the market place, not foolish unenforceable regulations.

    Albert Einstein quote on Marijuana –
    “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”

    • Daniel Pellissier on

      The quote is from Albert Einstein, yet he was referring to the prohibition of alcohol. The principal is important, but so is accuracy.

      • George Bianchini on

        Thank you Daniel,
        I accept your interpretation. Mine was, that he was referring to prohibition as the evil, not any particular flower or drink.
        During the time that Einstein was making groundbreaking discoveries in science, he also spoke about the government and prohibition laws, “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.” Einstein believed that the government shouldn’t be involved in personal decisions like smoking, because Einstein himself enjoyed smoking from a pipe. Einstein believed in a higher sense of being, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it,” so it’s possible he was smoking marijuana in his pipe.
        Thank you for commenting on my comment.

  2. Joe Moran on

    I could not agree more. What a disappointment it is and was. I spent lot of thousands of dollars to be a “law abiding business” and only to discover so many barriers, taxes, labeling, test, and so on, though I agree with making Cannabis a consumer product the $66 1/8 or $75 1/8 cannot compete with the same product/flower for $25 1/8 that my neighbor is selling out of his house.

    You said it best….How many more persons will go to jail for a now LEGAL Market. If you own a dispensaries you now have the LAW fighting for you the same LAW that was arresting you in the 80’s
    how I they ever going to gain the respect or approval with the passing of laws that is catering to the wealthy again not the norm.

    I guess i will go back to my teaching Job….Ill teach them about the cannabis industry and to save their money to buy the $75 1/8?

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