Los Angeles has issued licenses to just about 100 marijuana retailers, however police estimate there are a minimum of double that quantity working illegally within the metropolis and undercutting hashish companies which are enjoying by the principles.
Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana outlets since Jan. 1, a tempo that’s unlikely to accentuate because the division is concentrated on curbing violent crimes.
At least 35 individuals have been arrested through the eight raids, together with 4 who have been taken into custody final week.
Most of the illegal outlets have been working in plain sight from storefronts in busy neighborhoods.
So far, solely 99 companies have been issued licenses to promote leisure marijuana in L.A.
But police estimate 200 to 300 illegal hashish outlets are working inside the metropolis.
A report from the town’s controller final June estimated there have been greater than 1,700 authorized and illegal dispensaries.
Police will proceed to determine illegal outlets, based on an LAPD spokesman.
Because investigations might be prolonged, police are prioritizing hashish outlets which are inflicting crime and producing complaints from the group.
– Associated Press