The metropolis of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit towards an unlicensed hashish dispensary for promoting product tainted with harmful chemical compounds, based on media studies. At a downtown information convention on Wednesday, City Attorney Mike Feuer indicated that the lawsuit towards Kush Club 20 on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles can be adopted by others.
“We are opening up a new front in our efforts to effectively enforce the city’s rules regarding marijuana,” Feuer stated. “This compliments our criminal efforts in doing so, and we have filed a civil action against multiple business operators, property owners and real estate defendants.”
The metropolis lawyer steered that hashish customers within the metropolis make sure that they’re buying from a licensed dispensary.
“Customers patronize illegal shops at their peril, and undermine businesses who play by the rules — and whose product is tested to protect buyers’ health,” Feuer warned.
“We apparently as a community care a lot about whether our romaine lettuce is contaminated, and we should. We care a lot about whether we can safely eat at Chipotle,” he added. “Marijuana buyers should at least exercise that same degree of caution.”
Suit Alleges Tainted Product Sold at Unlicensed Dispensary
The lawsuit alleges that Kush Club 20 was working and not using a state license and bought hashish merchandise contaminated with paclobutrazol, a plant progress regulator and fungicide that’s banned from use on hashish in California. The civil motion seeks civil penalties of $20,000 per day, which might complete greater than $7 million as a result of the dispensary has been working with out authorization for greater than a yr, based on Feuer.
Named within the lawsuit are the property’s proprietor, 5527 S. Central LLC, and Michael Lerner, its CEO. It additionally names D/AQ Corporation, referred to as Daum Commercial Real Estate; Benjamin R. Spinner, an affiliate vice chairman at D/AQ Corp.; and James Vu, a vice chairman of D/AQ Corp., for allegedly leasing the property to Amy Sahadi Diaz.
“We’ve alleged the brokers and the business operators and the property owners knowingly omitted the true use of the property from the lease,” Feuer stated. “In this case, the lease says that the use is for a church.”
Spinner advised reporters that he believed that the property was going for use legally.
“We leased this to a tenant who said they were going to go the legal, licensed route, and as soon as we found out it was unlicensed we started the necessary steps to evict them, and that’s all that we know,” he stated. “We did everything legal and by the book. We can’t control what the tenant does. They told us they were going to do everything legal.”
“We just did the paperwork, we’re not the owner. We’re just the broker,” Vu stated.
City officers have additionally threatened to close off the facility to unlicensed dispensaries. Ruben Honig, the chief director of the United Cannabis Business Association, a gaggle representing licensed hashish operators, stated his group inspired motion towards illicit dispensaries.
“The UCBA and the City Council have been urging the City Attorney about the potential dangers of pesticides in untested products (including Paclobutrazol) and the reckless behavior of landlords who indulge in fraudulent leasing schemes,” Honig stated in a press release.