By Miriam Raftery
January 11, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A raid at The Bakery, an illegal marijuana dispensary at 9215 Birth Street in Spring Valley, yesterday morning resulted in seizure of large amounts of marijuana, marijuana edibles, cash, marijuana paraphernalia and other items.
One person was initially detained for selling marijuana but no arrests have been made; the investigation is continuing.
The search warrant was issued after complaints from concerned citizens, according to Sergeant Matt Cook. It was served by Sheriff’s deputies from the Rancho San Diego station with assistance from County Code Enforcement and the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail.
Multiple other illicit dispensaries have recently been raided and shut down in the Spring Valley area.
Although California’s Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana sales, the state left it up to cities and counties to determine whether to allow retail sales. In San Diego’s unincorporated areas, retail sales of marijuana remain illegal (with the exception of one existing medical marijuana dispensary near Gillespie Field that was grandfathered in grandfathered in.)
While marijuana sales are not allowed in County-controlled areas, some local cities have taken a different approach. The City of San Diego began allowed recreational marijuana sales January 1st, as well as medical cannabis, and several dispensaries are now open. Lemon Grove and La Mesa have voter-approved initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, though not recreational pot.