CALIFORNIA: San Diego law enforcement leaders said Tuesday they’re stepping up efforts to close illegal marijuana dispensaries following a rash of citizen complaints and the discovery of weapons at a shop in the Mount Hope neighborhood.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the SDPD has been receiving numerous complaints of pot shops operating illegally in the city. Even though the city has succeeded in closing two or three weekly, she estimated that around 40 are still in business.
At one shop shut down this fall, police found three handguns and 4.59 grams of rock cocaine, according to authorities.
“When a dispensary operates illegally in our neighborhoods, the city has no control over who is involved, what they do at the dispensary, and how they operate the dispensary,” Zimmerman said.