Efforts by Garden Grove officials to reverse the flood of medicinal marijuana dispensaries appear to be mostly successful, although some “pot shop” operations remain in operation.
“It’s a process,” said Sgt. Ed Leiva of the Garden Grove Police Department. “I’d say it’s been mostly successful.”
Last week city officials warned the owners of property housing such establishments, as well as proprietors, they had to close down by May 14 or face a $1000 daily fine and possible criminal prosecution.
The enforcement came after the state Supreme Court ruled on May 6 that cities could ban such businesses. Garden Grove had became a center of the marijuana trade, with 62 dispensaries.
Last Thursday, police officers checked on all dispensaries in the city and reported them all closed.
However, some such shops reopened since then and have again attracted the attention of police.
“The situaton is fluid,” said Sgt. Leiva. “Some are closing, then reopening, some are leaving town.” He put the number of defiant shops at “less than five.”
According to Sgt. Leiva, those property owners and business operators have been hit with $1000 fines.