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San Diego Files Complaint To Shut Down North Park Medical Marijuana Dispensary

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Attorney's Office Code Enforcement Unit filed a civil complaint in Superior Court to force a medical marijuana dispensary in North Park to shut down because it was operating illegally under city zoning laws, it was announced Friday.

The complaint against Central Wellness Collective, at 2621 El Cajon Boulevard, was filed Thursday.

Officials with the City Attorney's Office said the business was ordered to cease operations in July after inspectors spotted marijuana displayed in glass jars and glass cabinets, a menu board listing the types of marijuana available for sale and building code violations. The business has since remained open, so the case was referred to the City Attorney's Office.

"The City Attorney's Office began renewing its enforcement action on dispensaries,'' City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said. "The municipal code does not permit dispensaries in any zone and we will enforce the law to close their operation.''

According to the complaint, the the property owners, Malcolm Family Properties LLC and its managers are liable because they allowed the dispensary to operate on the property. Dispensaries are banned in the city, per zoning laws.

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August, was a supporter of medical marijuana and refused to enforce the zoning ordinances. However, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria ordered the San Diego Police Department and the city's Neighborhood Code Compliance Office to resume enforcing medical marijuana zoning restrictions earlier this month.

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Avatar for user 'x76'

x76 | September 28, 2013 at 6:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

The government has zero intention of ever figuring out how to enact Prop. 215, approved by voters back in 1996 -- seventeen years ago.

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joemamma42 | September 29, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Almost 20 years later still no regulations for something the people clearly wanted. How are we supposed to respect the people running our governments when they clearly don't respect the will of the people? We no longer have a representative government. Instead we have friends of special interest and moral crusaders.

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shellymichele54 | September 29, 2013 at 9:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

What in gods name is wrong with all these backward thinkers in regards to marijuana?
It has a very soothing effect, and if you haven't tried it I suggest you do so because your so bound up you need something. Get with the times San Diego... LEGALIZE POT...

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 29, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Shame on you Gloria, you are simply a hack.

I hope the new mayor has more courage than this and will stand up for the rights of mm.

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NiceDay | September 30, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Thankfully San Diego prohibits pot shops, in fact all 18 of our cities prohibit them, and all 18 are actively protecting their municipal codes against businesses that operate without a business permit, and facilitate access to pot to perfectly healthy young people that claim “pain” or “sleeplessness”. On June 18, 2012 the Journal Watch Psychiatry reported that 74% of teens in two Colorado substance treatment programs admit to using pot that came from pot shops.

90% of California cities prohibit pot shops, because we in California have learned the hard way that “Medi-pot” is just a Trojan horse for legalization, and that any 18-year high school senior can get a pot recommendation to buy and use unlimited amounts of pot with no end date. This is not medicine; it was all part of the deceitful pro-pot lobby’s plan to try and convince voters that pot is “harmless” and “medicine.”

Thank you city officials for seeing through the pot shops’ lobby smoke screen!

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designfreak | September 30, 2013 at 11:36 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

As a recent cancer survivor, I would like to point out that dispensaries actually provide a service to those on chemotherapy and radiation as well as other sick people. The voters of California decided we can have marijuana dispensaries, but Todd Gloria thinks otherwise. The city should be working out zoning issues while keeping dispensaries open.

I, for one, will not support Todd, in his bid for congress when Susan Davis retires.

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Mocha | September 30, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Pot shops are abusive, illegal, and not wanted in our communities. This particular pot shop’s customer recently assaulted and adjacent business owner as reported in the news. It’s outrageous that this pot shop has no permits to operate and it allowed to degrade the quality of the neighborhood. Good for the city to enforce the law, especially against pot shops/dispensaries and their fraud. Only 3% of people using Medi-pot have cancer, the vast majority are young and healthy and abusing the system. Reverend Scott T. Imler,co-author of Proposition 215 said this: “We created Prop. 215 so patients would not have to deal with the black market profiteers. But today it is all about the money. Most of the dispensaries operating in California are a little more than dope dealers with store fronts.” - Alternatives Magazine, Fall 2006, issue 39. Reverend Scott T. Imler also said, “When we wrote Proposition 215, we were selling it to the public as something for seriously ill people... It’s turned into a joke. I think a lot of people have medicalized their recreational use.”- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, February 15, 2007.

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Diego | September 30, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

These pot shops aren't fooling anyone. These are drug dealers selling dope. We should be calling these guys pushers. Anyone can buy as much as they want as often as they want from as many stores as they want. Does that sound like a prescription medicine? It is a prescription for drug abuse and our kids are the number one losers as they get more pot diverted from these illicit businesses. Teen use is up because of these stores. We need them shut down. Oh, and drug abuse generally is higher in the states that allow "medical" pot. Surprise, Surprise.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 30, 2013 at 9 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Any intelligent person can tell "Diego", "Mocha", and "NiceDay" are the same person.

Posting history limited to only a few mm posts all using the same terminology, etc.

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Missionaccomplished | October 1, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

This is one reason Goldsmith wanted Filner out of the way. Gloria has a spine made of paper mache'.

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Anon11 | October 1, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

If you don't like it, don't use it. Why people can't mind their own business is beyond me.

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