More illegal cannabis businesses raided in Los Angeles area

Law enforcement agents in the Los Angeles area continue to crack down on unlicensed cannabis retailers this week, with the Los Angeles Police Department serving one warrant at an illegal shop in Mission Hills on Tuesday and sheriff’s deputies raiding 13 shops in East L.A.

The crackdown should benefit licensed operators that argue they lose business to black-market businesses, which undercut them on price.

In the Mission Hills case, LAPD officers arrested eight people at what the agency said was an illegal marijuana shop located in the 15400 block of Devonshire Street and confiscated “several items of evidence and contraband,” according to TV station NBC4 Los Angeles.

In East L.A., sheriff’s deputies spent months on their investigation before serving 13 warrants at different unlicensed marijuana dispensaries. Deputies arrested 22 people and seized 3,000 pounds of cannabis flower and edibles, $10,000 in cash and three loaded guns.

The sheriff’s department also noted there are no licensed MJ retailers in unincorporated East Los Angeles, TV station KABC reported.

These actions all come on the heels of an announcement by L.A. City Attorney Mike Feurer that 515 people are facing misdemeanor charges related to unlicensed commercial cannabis activity in the city in connection with 105 “illegal marijuana businesses.”

Southern California for years has been struggling to crack down on its illicit MJ market, which many insiders often refer to as an ongoing game of “Whac-a-Mole” because in many instances operators will be raided and shut down but then relocate to a different storefront and reopen.

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12 comments on “More illegal cannabis businesses raided in Los Angeles area
  1. George Bianchini on

    The sheriff’s department also noted there are no licensed MJ retailers in unincorporated East Los Angeles” “In East L.A., sheriff’s deputies spent months on their investigation”

    Months of time to bust 13 shops? Since there are no licensed shops that would lead one to think that all the shops are illegal! At that rate it will take about 20 years to bust the rest of the shops.
    Thank goodness we legalized cannabis!

    • George Bianchini on


      I know I lot of people think this plant is a crime against man and god (depending on which god)
      But these are simply misdemeanors, just zoning and licensing violations. I think 5 years in prison should be reserved for serious dangerous criminals like, the Donald!

    • Peter on

      That’s not an accurate perspective. You have responsible existing operators that have complied with Prop 215 laws and been engaging with the County of LA to create a pathway to licensure. But the Board of Supervisors is slow in responding. They’ve taken multiple large steps towards getting ready to regulate, but now these existing responsible operators are to be punished because the bureaucracy is too slow? You’re train of thought is unsophisticated, lacks compassion, and frankly shows how ill informed you are.

    • George Bianchini on

      Hi Doug,
      I was unaware based on the article that these perps were cheating on their taxes. If they were, I agree, off with there heads. but as long as you bring up serious dangerous criminals like Al Capone I think we should also get a look see, at the Donalds taxes. I wonder if he can bring his gold plated toilet to the joint with him. Just wondering!

      • Linda VanPaten on

        This site is dedicated to discussion of MJ and MJ-related business topics. Please take your Trump Derangement Syndrome-motivated spamming elsewhere.

  2. Hastings RH on

    corruption rules the roost with only a handful of oligarchs getting licenses -that’s why there are no licensed businesses -sell them a license and collect billions in taxes -it’s not that hard unless you’re a crooked politician

  3. splat on

    Sometimes I miss acting inconspicuous as I would roll up to my dealer, do the hand off, then run the gauntlet home. Things have changed!

  4. Maricica S on

    How much does it cost to obtain licensure.? Theres undoubtedly other regs the unlicensed shops are getting around as well. The legal shops suffer because whatever they pay to operate is in their overhead. Im wondering if the city cant just waiver some of their regs and have an equitable system for these guys.

    • Batz12 on

      The only licensed shops in the city are tgose grandfathered in from an original count of I believe 134, but tgere might be another 30 or so. The licenses are trading in the private market for $3-5MM (MILLION). The regulations governing them are onerous. The state level stipulations are strangling as are the taxes at every level. But then, why should we ever learn? We’re dumb as humans. There’s a massive windfall for anyone wanting to arbitrage the price sprrad. It’s now just criminal behavior on an institutional level, governed by the same morons who brought us… (Fill in retarded, counterproductive, idiotic statute of choice here)…

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