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A California Conundrum: How to Crack Down on Illicit Sales Without Echoing the War on Drugs?


In October 2018, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ newly-established Cannabis Enforcement Unit teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Department to carry out a raid on an unlicensed shop in Sylmar, a predominantly Latino and working-class neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. 

After serving a search warrant at “One Stop Healers,” the authorities seized more than $2 million worth of cannabis and cannabis products, including almost 500 pounds of flower and 200 pounds of edibles. The shop’s owner was arrested on misdemeanor charges, along with six employees... Read More

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