San Diego marijuana delivery crackdown results in 34 arrests

Over the past calendar year, San Diego police have shuttered at least 11 illegal cannabis delivery operations within the city, arrested 34 suspects, issued 15 search warrants and confiscated 230 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash.

The only effective way to deal with the problem, many industry advocates say, is to provide such businesses with a way into the legal market. In other words, issue more business licenses to more companies.

And yet, underground delivery businesses continue to flourish, not just in San Diego but across California.

According to San Diego TV station NBC 7, only licensed marijuana storefronts in the city are allowed to perform deliveries, but that hasn’t kept “dozens” of illegal delivery operations from advertising online.

“If you want the black market to go away, give them a path for legalization,” one former San Diego shop owner told NBC 7.

“If we have the same opportunities to be licensed and be regulated, all those issues would kind of disappear the way they have with the legal dispensaries.”

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5 comments on “San Diego marijuana delivery crackdown results in 34 arrests
  1. Doug on

    ““If you want the black market to go away,”

    Then arrest and imprison the criminals operating without permits, violating laws, and who are tax felons!!!!!

    Toss them in prison for 10 years min!! And let the other criminals in the black market see what is facing them!!!

    Bootleggers of booze were driven out of business, not issued permits to brew poisonous untested products!

    These are criminals violating the laws!!! Help the licensed pot business’ who operate legally under state law and expend massive time and $$ to comply!! Not the scum lowlife criminals!

    • George Bianchini on

      “Toss them in prison for 10 years min!!”
      Really, Doug. Maybe your new here but we call that the war on drugs. After decades of deploying this war it has miserably failed other than to jail a lot of black and brown kids. The new regulations are going to continue this policy. The BCC has bastardized the legalization of this plant. Here are some of my points on that: Sugar comes from a plant, is psychoactive, kill over a hundred thousand people a year yet can be purchased by a five year old with no restrictions or rules. Spinach and cantaloupes kill about a dozen people a year yet no concerns there. Then there’s alcohol and cigarettes, freely available with some minor restrictions. Let’s not give a free pass to peanuts either , over 100 folks a year die from this plant.
      We live in a semi free society, and I believe all these products should be legal. If we start making regulations due to harmful products the first to go would be cars. We could save 30,000 lives a year. I do realize that cannabis may one day kill somebody, say by a kilo falling out of a plane and breaking your neck . Other than that cannabis is the least toxic product on the LD 50 list. It’s even safer than water. But let’s not let facts get in the way of the state’s new pot cartel program.

    • Gary Arnold on

      Bootleggers thrived when booze was NOT legal. Once legalized the bootleggers went into other criminal endeavors. Think MOLD when you get black market POT, now this is the killer not the weed and legal tested Cannabis doesn’t get approved with MOLD. Just a matter of time for regulations to be associated with a safe product. That is why we eleminate MOLD for all cultivators.

  2. lovingc on

    As I read it the new law allows all delivery in every jurisdiction in the state.
    What do you fools think you are going to do now?

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