Dec 13

Press Release: LARGE-SCALE RAIDS SHUT DOWN DOZENS OF ILLEGAL CANNABIS SHOPS IN LOS ANGELES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 13, 2019

LARGE-SCALE RAIDS SHUT DOWN DOZENS OF ILLEGAL CANNABIS SHOPS IN LOS ANGELES
Enforcement Action Represents Needed Step in Combatting Growing and Dangerous Illicit Market, Underscores the Urgency for Continued, Wide-Reaching Efforts

Los Angeles, CA – The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), this week conducted a series of raids on unlicensed cannabis shops within the City, shutting down dozens of illegal operators. The raids were made in attempt to curb the thriving illicit market in California, which is estimated to be approximately three times the size of the legal, tested and regulated market.

UCBA President Jerred Kiloh offers the following statement in response:

“For a long time we have been playing a game of whack-a-mole, targeting and shutting down a small handful of illegal shops at a time only to have them reopen days later in the same location or down the street – this week’s coordinated and wide-reaching enforcement activities gave us a taste of the type of systematic action required to combat the size and proven danger of these bad actors.

“We cannot afford to continue nipping at the heels of the illicit market with a slow drip of enforcement and one-off shut-downs – every day, illegal operators are distributing products that are not tested, taxed or tracked by the state, putting not only the ongoing vitality of the legal industry at risk, but also the health and wellbeing of Californians.

“We are past due for long-term solutions to this existential problem and we are dedicated to working with City and State officials in 2020 to build on the momentum of this week’s actions and begin to truly thwart the illegal cannabis industry once and for all.”

About The United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA)

The United Cannabis Business Association is the premier trade association representing California’s licensed retailers. From introducing ballot measures locally and legislation at the state, to taxation issues, licensing and social equity programs, UCBA is the leading voice for legal cannabis in the state. UCBA works with cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and distributors to establish a strong statewide community and advocate for good policies and reforms that protect and enhance the vitality of our industry.

United Cannabis Business Association Media Contact:

Sarah Melbostad
smelbostad@fionahuttonassoc.com
(415) 717-6889