Raid Fears Grow as L.A. County Supervisors Mull Crackdown on Unlicensed Shops
Scores of marijuana collectives currently operate illegally in unincorporated Los Angeles County. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider a plan to shut them down—a move which could involve massive door-to-door raids across parts of the region.
Marijuana advocates say the enforcement plan, proposed by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, is exactly the wrong road to take.
"We're concerned for the county to take a position that's enforcement-driven instead of providing a pathway toward licensing and regulation," said Attorney Ariel Clark, chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force.
They also say it will cost too much money: $25 million to be exact.
Marijuana dispensaries have been prohibited in unincorporated areas since 2011 and the ban was again extended last month. However, marijuana advocates were hopeful that the board, which just bid farewell to two of its most conservative members, was softening on the issue of marijuana.
One dispensary owner expressed his confusion: "It seems like they have flipped on us and said they're going to go after you.”
We'll find out Wednesday.