Apr 12

City Council Members Frustrated No Pot Shop Landlords Facing Civil Penalties

Several members of the Los Angeles City Council expressed frustration that the City Attorney’s Office is not pursuing civil penalties against landlords whose properties are the site of illegal pot shops.

The comments came before the council approved a set of actions aimed at cracking down on illegal shops, including the formation of a working group comprised of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and other city departments to manage and direct enforcement efforts.

Members of the police department and City Attorney’s Office spoke told the council that to date, 22 illegal shops have had their utilities shut off; the city is in the process of sending out cease-and-desist letters to many shops; and 216 criminal cases are being pursued against 861 defendants associated with 182 locations.

Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson pointed out that the city has the ability to pursue a $20,000 penalty — which could be applied for each day of a violation — against landlords.

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