Unlicensed L.A. marijuana retailer arrested; hundreds of pounds of MJ seized

The owner and six employees of an unlicensed cannabis store in Los Angeles were arrested and charged with misdemeanors, according to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).

The shop, One Stop Healers, was the subject of a search warrant served by the BCC and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit.

The L.A. Police Department also took part in the bust, helping seize more than $2 million in illegal cannabis goods, including nearly 500 pounds of MJ flower, more than 430 pounds of concentrates and 200-plus pounds of edibles, according to a news release.

The owner of One Stop Healers, Sevada Khanlari, and six employees were arrested and charged with operating an unlicensed commercial cannabis business. It’s not clear what penalties the seven may face, but further charges could be filed once the investigation is completed, according to the release.

The bust began with a complaint filed with the BCC, but enforcement against unlicensed cannabis businesses is being handled by both state and local law enforcement agencies.

L.A. remains a hotbed of unlicensed marijuana retail shops, with estimates ranging from the hundreds to nearly 2,000. Meanwhile, only 169 stores have been licensed by the city.

The United Cannabis Business Association, which represents a number of licensed MJ retailers in L.A., called the bust “a great step” but added that it’s “only one stone out of the quarry” when it comes to the city’s illicit cannabis market.

4 comments on “Unlicensed L.A. marijuana retailer arrested; hundreds of pounds of MJ seized
  1. Pat on

    Well, those approximate 2000 unlicensed dispensaries are probably not so “out of view” to be counted. Which begs the question: Why haven’t ALL of these dispensaries been shut down by now? Or at least the same police action that took place at the dispensary in this article. Was it an intimidation tactic to get the others to shutter up? Maybe. But, knowing the culture behind it; it won’t work. Hey, but they got ONE!! Should the state feel proud of this accomplishment?

    Two things come to mind: 1 ) How much money would it cost the state of ca. to do what they did to “One Stop Healers” to the currently unlicensed 1999 dispensaries?? Probably lots. Probably more than the state coffers could offer from the current licensing scheme revenues from permit fees,taxes, etc. under MCMRSA. Or maybe, more than the BCC would care to spend on the problem. But, that’s what the money is there for, right? Could it be that those monies would be quickly exhausted and that monies from other state programs/funds what have to be tapped into, just to stabilize the LA pot problem? If this is so, wouldn’t the state have to raise fees/taxes that much more to currently licensed dispensaries to be able to have the program pay for itself in enforcement costs? If the state took this approach, it could be that the price per ounce of flower could go way over $400/oz. Maybe $1200/oz would do it. The point is, is that the state’s current approach is failing. 1999 other dispensaries are still operating, and competing with those licensed. How does that make the one licensed one”s ( esp the ones whom scrimped and saved ) feel?

    The state legislature, by ONLY paying attention to the long standing ( usu criminal ) special interests during the promulgation of state law, has itself to blame. The LA black market ( the 1999 ) is out there right now operating under the current scheme. What’s going to happen if the state does go ahead and nails the other 1999, say, tomorrow? Do you think the price at the licensed dispensaries will remain the same ( if the state insists on getting its current cut and limiting licenses ) if there are only 169 licensed dispensaries in LA? Think again. The black market will likely grow exponentially from here. This puts both those operating in the black market AND public at significant risk. How’s that good for public/environmental health, safety, public welfare? This all seems so obvious. But, when one is operating from a point of corruption ( the state legislators/regulators ), this is what you can get.

    Why doesn’t the state make it much more reasonable to help these 1999 get licensed? The state ( in concert w/its oligarchy friends ) doesn’t want the price to go down. Both the oligarchs and the state would not make as much money. But the public would win. Wouldn’t that be a shame. The public would win. And, so would the mom/pop shops. And, so would the state in general and its citizens. The only thing is, those poor oligarchs would have to share the wealth. And, the legislators would have to legislate for ALL of its citizens.

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  2. Joni m. Nicodemus on

    SO sad these lives messed up over a plant God gave us that use to pay taxes with was MANDATORY to grow! google Marijuana trick & read how they took the peace love joy and gave us the dark demon alcohol. Proverb 21;1

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  3. J Fizzle on

    Allow for the Pre-Icos (that is, before the Interim Control Ordinance) to have subsidiary branches, franchises, if you will. This way the 2000 rogue shops/delivery services/cultivators would connect with legal mainstream & oil the wheels, so to speak. This will have the effect of more affordable leases & price stability-counteracting black market significantly.

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  4. J Fizzle on

    The rogues will be licensed through the pre-Icos (that is, before the Interim Control Ordinance) kicking up a small percentage to be licensed through them & now you have 20x the state and local tax money revolving throughout accepting municipalities.

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