When San Diego announced that it was launching the “Buy Safe, Buy Legal” campaign this past fall, illegal cannabis dispensaries should have seen the writing on the wall.
On Aug. 17, 2017, the San Diego Police Department narcotics unit raided two illegal cannabis dispensaries, bringing the total number of raids on illegal dispensaries in the city to more than 60 since March 2016.
The raid on the Kush Factory in Sorrento Valley wasn’t fruitful for authorities, but the raid on The Healing Center in Miramar yielded edibles, concentrates, 30 pounds of cannabis, business files and $37,000 in cash, as reported by City News Service. Authorities also arrested and cited four employees at The Healing Center for illegal cannabis sales and operating a business illegally.
“The San Diego Police Department narcotics unit, in partnership with the city attorney’s office, are in the process of investigating all illegal marijuana businesses, including delivery services and dispensaries operating within the city of San Diego,” said Lt. Matt Novak with the SDPD. “As a result, information was gathered that led to search warrants being obtained for these two locations.”
While the SDPD has shuttered more than 60 illegal cannabis dispensaries, the city has no intentions of easing up on its crackdown.
“These efforts are continuing and will now include delivery services and all other illegal marijuana businesses in San Diego,” Novak said.
As of July 20, the city of San Diego had approved 16 legal cannabis dispensaries, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.