CA City Cuts Power, Water to Dispensaries

Can medical marijuana dispensaries continue operating without electricity and water? In Anaheim, California, the answer appears to be no.

The city, which banned dispensaries over a year ago, is taking the drastic step of cutting off utilities to businesses violating the ban.

The strategy is working: Nine dispensaries shut down last month and eight more are expected to by Friday, a city official said. Officials will order another 11 to close their doors or have their water and power shut off.

If that doesn’t work, the city may try even more aggressive tactics to exterminate the businesses.

, CA City Cuts Power, Water to Dispensaries

Operating an MMJ dispensary in the city is already a criminal act, and operators could be fined up to $1,000 for every day they keep doing business. One city councilwoman has also suggested fines for property owners who rent out space to dispensaries and “look the other way.”

The situation in Anaheim is yet another illustration of the complications arising from California’s inability to craft regulations on the industry. There’s no state oversight of medical marijuana businesses, and local governments can issue rules as they see fit or ban dispensaries outright.

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6 comments on “CA City Cuts Power, Water to Dispensaries
  1. Nate on

    how ridiculous is this?

    CA dispensaries are pleading for regulations, and the best tactics this city can come up with is bullying them into closing.

  2. bongstar420 on

    Maybe they should be doing that to the doughnut shops. They actually “cause” heart disease and greatly inflate health care costs.

  3. Jimbaroo on

    When did utility companies become
    Enforcers for the city? Doesn’t seem
    Leagle. I know of many clubs in Ca.
    that have been paying a $1,000 a month
    Fines for well over a year. Why not set
    Up ordinances to regulate and collect
    monthly fees instead of fines. Stop the
    Bully BS

  4. Jahpharmer on

    Wow, is Anaheim paranoid or what! Sure sounds like big pharma has the city council by their, um…external reproductory organs.

  5. victoria on

    in actuality the business owners should sue the pants off the utility companies as they are NOT law enfircement in any aspect whatsoever therefore whaat they are doing by cutting ioff services is highly illegal

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