Anaheim Leaves Dispensaries in the Dark

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on January 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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The City of Anaheim banned all dispensaries from operating within city limits in 2011, but some medical marijuana businesses remain operating illegally. Now, the city is doing something about it.


Nine dispensaries closed up shop in September of this year, and eight more closed last week. What is the city’s secret to finally getting compliance? They are shutting off power and water to the properties where dispensaries operate.


Anaheim won a Superior Court decision in August 2011 to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within city limits, but hadn’t enforced it until now even though the law states that they can be fined $1,000 a day and face criminal charges for operating within the city.


City officials say another 11 dispensaries will go dark this month if they don’t close their doors voluntarily.


Although medical marijuana was legalized in California nearly 20 years ago, each city and county in California is allowed to make its own zoning laws and set its own rules on growing within city and county limits. Many cities and counties have banned all growing and dispensary operations, while only allowing residents to consume marijuana without penalty. If a city or county does not have it’s own local laws, they adhere to the state default guidelines.


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