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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.

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Another bad decision.

Spending billions to keep people from drinking, smoking, and taking opioids to reduce addictive behavior. Now hear we are hoping to get our kids hooked on dope to cash in on a new tax stream. No against medical MJ but to have the gov literally advertising for it? Not cool

Times are changing

If president Trump follows through and signs off on a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana as he said he would, I've got to wonder if the individual cities will still be able to exert this same level of crazy control. I'd also be curious as to how many nearby establishments such as restaurants and liquor stores legally sell alcohol. Maybe a new bill needs to be created for Californians to vote on that offers less restriction on what our city leaders can do. I'm quite sure that many of us who voted to legalize marijuana did not expect the archaic attitude of our so called leaders to be so blatant.

Legalizing use doesn't necessarily mean legalizing sale.

California's law leaves it up to each city or county to decide if they want to allow sales of recreational and/or medical marijuana or not, though users are protected from prosecution unless they have large quantities (ie dealers).

It sounds like the fed may start with something similar.