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LA Files First Suit Against an Unlicensed Pot Shop—For $7.5M
news  |  Apr 18, 2019

LA Files First Suit Against an Unlicensed Pot Shop—For $7.5M

The lawsuit alleges that an illicit pot shop hocked weed containing a dangerous pesticide, and the city wants the shop’s owners to pay for it.

The lawsuit alleges that an illicit pot shop hocked weed containing a dangerous pesticide, and the city wants the shop’s owners to pay for it.

As part of Los Angeles’ sweeping crackdown on black market weed, the city filed a lawsuit worth millions against an unlicensed pot shop.

The storefront, Kush Club 20, does not possess a temporary license to sell cannabis. City officials also alleged the dispensary sold weed contaminated with the banned pesticide paclobutrazol, which prevents powdery mildew and mold, reported NBC4.

“Customers patronize illegal shops at their peril, and undermine businesses who play by the rules — and whose [products are] tested to protect buyers’ health,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The suit, filed on Monday, is requesting that Kush Club 20 pay $20,000 for every day it operated without a license. Altogether, the penalties could total $7.5 million.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles police shut off power and water to a dozen weed growing facilities they claimed didn’t have licenses. Governor Newsom has also rolled out the state’s National Guard to raid black marketeers.

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Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting a degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found exploring nature somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch Randy on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay

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