On the heels of a cannabis commerce group letter final week threatening a lawsuit towards the town of Los Angeles over its alleged lack of enforcement towards unlawful marijuana retailers, one other MJ-focused group despatched a word to metropolis leaders.
As a substitute of a menace, although, the second letter was an olive department stuffed with coverage solutions.
The Southern California Coalition (SCC) wrote to Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer with a white paper that outlined solutions for a more practical method at clamping down on unlicensed MJ companies which are nonetheless rampant all through L.A. – together with potential felony fees for endangering shoppers by promoting contaminated merchandise.
The group centered its feedback on how product testing and safeguarding the general public from doubtlessly poisonous cannabis could possibly be a greater approach to goal illicit actors and in addition hailed the town lawyer’s workplace for a brand new method it started in April.
However the SCC’s letter instructed that testing must be expanded past pesticides to incorporate testing for heavy metals, as is already required by the state for authorized MJ merchandise. The SCC famous that fentanyl-laced marijuana was not too long ago seized in upstate New York.
The SCC supplied a number of solutions, however maybe probably the most stringent was that unlicensed MJ retailers promoting tainted product might probably be charged with felonies as an alternative of solely misdemeanors or civil fines, which has been largely the method utilized by the town for the reason that 2017 passage of Measure M.
“The utmost felony fines and jail time allowable when somebody knowingly circulates a lethal product must be imposed on the operator of the store, notably if the flower got here from the operator’s private develop,” the SCC letter famous.
“When it’s clear that an unlawful operation is circulating merchandise with lethal components, the town must abandon civil nuisance abatement and transfer shortly to indict the wrongdoer.”