Measure D was passed by Los Angeles voters in May, specifying that would only allow for the 134 medical marijuana dispensaries that were open before the passing of a 2007 moratorium can operate legally within the city. While some of the unapproved collectives opted to shut their doors voluntarily, some have not complied with the new regulation. Now, the Los Angeles City Attorney is trying to shut the illegal collectives down.
According to City Attorney Mike Feuer, 42 collectives shut down on their own following the passage of Measure D. It is estimated that there are over 800 dispensaries that are not protected by Measure D still open and serving patients in the city.
Feuer’s team has now moved to shut down 38 medical marijuana dispensaries and plans to file new prosecutions each week. Under Measure D, business owners who run unapproved medical marijuana dispensaries are subject to prosecution and six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in penalties. The landlords of the business owners are subject to the same penalties.
So far, no business owners or landlords have been arrested or had to pay fines, but one business owner took a plea deal with the city.
“We’re going to see a major difference in the way that operators and property owners perceive the city,” he said. “They are going to accurately perceive us as moving effectively and systematically to assure that the will of the voters is, in fact, effectuated.”