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Court Blocks Mar Vista Pot Shop from Opening

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to block the pot shop from opening.

A court has ruled that a medical marijuana dispensary planned for 3472 Centinela Ave. is in violation of Proposition D.
A court has ruled that a medical marijuana dispensary planned for 3472 Centinela Ave. is in violation of Proposition D.

A legal blow was dealt Tuesday to a medical marijuana dispensary planning to open in Mar Vista.

A temporary restraining order was established in court Tuesday by Judge James C. Chalant, who also issued an order to show cause, which basically requires the defendants in Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer legal action against the dispensary opening to appear in court in January to state their case as to why they should be allowed to open the pot shop at 3472 S. Centinela Blvd. in Mar Vista.

“The Court’s order is another important milestone in the work our office has taken to aggressively enforce Proposition D and uphold the will of the voters,” said Feuer in a press release.

Mar Vista residents, many of whom support the use of medical marijuana and voted for Prop D, and city officials say the Centinela location is surrounded by residential property on three sides and thereby violates Prop D., which spells out where dispensaries can legally locate.

The court agreed with that assessment, writing that the 3472 S. Centinela Blvd. pot shop would be in violation of city law, including the residential restrictions included in Prop. D.  

Further the court wrote, “…that the City, its residents, and voters will suffer irreparable harm absent a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction… enjoining the establishment and operation of an illegal marijuana business at 3472 Centinela.”

Prop. D was passed overwhelmingly by voters in May to limit the number of medical marijuana businesses in LA.  City Attorney Feuer's office has filed more than 60 criminal cases to date against medical marijuana business operators and property owners.

steve November 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Mar Vista Residents are very Pro Business, they have an open mind and many voted for Prop D. The decision today was the right one, now the ordinance needs to be fine tuned so that people in future do not try to take liberties and we are hoping that Councilmember Mike Bonin will lead that charge.
mrsangelaperez December 11, 2013 at 01:32 AM
What is the current status? A very large heating system and safe were installed over the weekend.

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