Authorities in Los Angeles continue cracking down on unlicensed marijuana businesses. The effort to weed out illegal business activities began picking up momentum earlier this year. And now, the crackdown has resulted in more than 500 criminal charges.
Numerous Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses in LA
Today, law enforcement authorities in LA announced the full extent of their efforts to decrease the number of unlicensed marijuana businesses in the city.
Since May, the city has busted 150 businesses for operating without proper licensing or for other forms of illegal activity. As a result, authorities are charging 515 people for their participation in these illegal cannabis businesses. All told, the city has filed 120 criminal cases.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the illegal businesses have run the gamut, including everything from illegal or unlicensed grow sites to extraction labs, retail stores, and home delivery services.
Courts have been hearing cases since May. Authorities said they expect to continue hearing cases through the end of October.
Everyone caught in the sweep has been charged with unlicensed commercial cannabis activity. This charge can come with as much as six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
To date, there have