San Bernardino's fight against marijuana dispensaries not over
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
SAN BERNARDINO - Two medical marijuana dispensaries shuttered by local and federal authorities Tuesday are far from the only facilities the city would like to see go up in smoke.
But until a Supreme Court decision is made authorizing the city to close its remaining 22 facilities, the city is relying on civil fines and raids by federal authorities as a deterrent.
"We're working on injunctions to have them ready to file if the Supreme Court gives us the green light," said San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman.
That decision may not be made until next year.
In the meantime, San Bernardino has fined the dispensaries it knows about $1,000 a day per violation for operating against city codes.
There were as many as 42 facilities operating in the city this year, and most closed down voluntarily because the owners couldn't pay the fines.
The rest remain open, despite many not paying the fines.
"These stores are taking in so much money, that $1,000 a day is just the cost of doing business," he said.
And if the Supreme Court decides cities have the authority to close medical marijuana dispensaries based on federal law, the property owners may be left holding the bag.
"It's going to be a big deal with the property owners, and they'll be lucky if the fine is all they face," Penman said. "They may have their property seized."
The Drug Enforcement Administration, San Bernardino police and San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies raided two medical marijuana dispensaries on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino on Tuesday.
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