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Task force targets unlicensed marijuana dispensaries

 

Last updated 4/4/2019 at 12:37pm



HEMET - Two unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in the Hemet area were under cease-and-desist orders following raids by a Riverside County law enforcement unit established to crack down on illegal cannabis activity.

The Cannabis Regulation Task Force conducted the operations last week, targeting Essential Oils at 102 E. Mayberry Ave. in Hemet, and Wicked Greens at 41311 E. Florida Ave. in the unincorporated community of East Hemet, according to the District Attorney's Office.

"The aim of the task force is not to shut down legally operating facilities, but rather to ensure fair business practices and keep criminal activity out of the legal cannabis industry and out of our communities,'' agency spokesman John Hall said. "When dispensaries operate without following the law or regulations, their unfair business practices impact those dispensaries which are obeying the law.''

Hall said an aggregate 10 pounds of refined marijuana product was seized during the raids. The businesses were ordered to terminate operations immediately.

In unincorporated communities of Riverside County, no commercial cannabis licenses have been issued. However, the Board of Supervisors is expected to permit up to 19 dispensaries in the current year. The trade is illegal in Hemet, where voters rejected a proposed marijuana licensing scheme last November.

The task force is slated to conduct additional raids throughout the year. It is comprised of district attorney's office investigators, probation agents, sheriff's deputies, officers from multiple municipal law enforcement agencies, as well as personnel from the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration and the California Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

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