LBPD SERVES WARRANTS, SHUTS DOWN 7 LB MEDPOT OUTLETSBy LBReport.com
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department, assisted by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the state Franchise Tax Board, the Long Beach Fire Department and the County District Attorney’s Office served search warrants and conducted an enforcement operation that shut down seven LB marijuana dispensaries on Wednesday.
Police said the outlets targeted allegedly received highest level of community complaints. In all, more than 40 people were arrested and booked for owning or operating a marijuana dispensary.
Long Beach has in place a Council-majority enacted ordinance banning medical marijuana outlets applicable to all outlets in LB city limits as of August 2012. The ban came on the recommendation of City Attorney Bob Shannon after a three-judge CA appellate court panel struck down LB’s medical marijuana ordinance as unconstitutional. The California Supreme Court initially granted reivew of the LB appellate court case, but in August 2012 dismissed its review of the case.
Meanwhile, other court cases (including at least one in this appellate jurisdiction) have held attempts by other cities to ban all medical marijuana outlets outright as preempted by state laws that allow the compassionate use of medical marijuana. A number of cases are now working their way through the state judicial system…and some have percolated to the state Supreme Court.