Mar 27

Press Release: Los Angeles Cannabis Operators Welcome Mayor Garcetti To The Cannabis Enforcement Conversation

UCBA is pleased Mayor Garcetti is supporting existing enforcement tools

Los Angeles – March 27, 2019 – As the leading legal cannabis business trade association in California, the United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA) is encouraged that Mayor Garcetti is beginning to recognize the importance of cracking down on illegal cannabis business operations in Los Angeles. The voter approved Measure M, which has been in effect for over a year, ensures that cannabis business operations are allowed in facilities that provide safe cannabis products, pay taxes and operate legally. It has become virtually impossible for consumers, residents and the City to differentiate between the illegal and legal markets.

Ruben Honig, Executive Director of the UCBA stated, “the UCBA has been working with Council President Herb Wesson’s office to secure at least $30 million in the upcoming 2019-2020 City budget. We are also encouraged that the Mayor will secure additional resources from the State, which will also help with enforcement against illegal operators.“

Honig continued, “we need the City to use existing tools now, such as pushing the Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities of illegal operators. The City Attorney should pursue cases of illegal activity and enforce Measure M which includes a $20,000 per day fine against property owners who allow illegal cannabis operators to rent property.”


From introducing ballot measures locally and legislation at the state, to taxation issues, licensing and social equity programs, the UCBA is the leading voice for legal cannabis in California.

Media Contacts:

Kian Kaeni (310) 925-4078

Ruben Honig (516) 413-1037