By Miriam Raftery
June 21, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Gas House 64 marijuana dispensary at 8818 Troy Street is the latest of many illegal pot shops to be shut down in Spring Valley.
Although marijuana use is legal in California, new marijuana dispensaries are illegal in the unincorporated parts of San Diego County. Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s deputies served an abatement notice on the dispensary’s owners yesterday morning for violating a zoning ordinance. Large amounts of marijuana, marijuana edibles, paraphernalia and other items were seized, though no arrests were made.
Deputies boarded up the windows and put a temporary fence up to secure the site.
The County has begun serving illegal dispensaries with 10-day notices, ordering property owners to remove tenants involved in the illegal sales of marijuana.
“If the tenant is not removed and enforcement action is taken, the County will continue abatement proceedings and secure the property to ensure the building remains safe,” says Sergeant Matt Cook IIII. “Any person found inside the property after the County secures the building is subject to be arrested.”
Marijuana dispensaries, both recreational and medical, are legal in the city of San Diego with appropriate permits. Medical marijuana sales have been legalized by voters in Lemon Grove and La Mesa, though no dispensaries have yet completed the approval process. The County has one dispensary in unincorporated El Cajon that was grandfathered in when Supervisors outlawed future dispensaries from opening.