Los Angeles City Council Votes To Shutoff Utilities To Illegal Cannabis Shops

The problem with illegal shops has been plaguing the legal industry

With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in the city, the Los Angeles City Council Friday unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities.

“These are the types of efforts that we can deploy in being resourceful looking at our existing city resources to help combat some of the challenges that we have before us,” Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said before the vote.

The new ordinance, which needs to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to become official, authorizes the Department of Water and Power to disconnect utilities at illegal businesses, with the requirement that the Department of Cannabis Regulation provide written confirmation that the address in question does not have a license.

The Los Angeles Police Department or another city agency will also have to provide written confirmation to the LADWP that commercial cannabis activity is occurring at the address.

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