San Diego County

District 2

Supervisor Joel Anderson


Supervisors OK proposal for more law enforcement on illegal pot shops

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08/17/21
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Excerpt from Fox 5
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The proposal by Supervisor Joel Anderson allows the county to speed up the receivership process, allowing the county to take control of properties whose owners have repeatedly violated the law by illegally selling cannabis.

Anderson removed a request for an additional $1.2 million for the receivership program.

“I had a wonderful conversation with (District Attorney Summer Stephan), and we determined that our resources are enough to move forward,” Anderson explained.

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During a public comment period, cannabis license holder Ren Bowden said he supported Anderson’s recommendation, saying that illegal activities are taking place around illegal or unlicensed operations.

At a Thursday news conference, Anderson said illegal pot shops “are too often popping back up after being shut down, like a game of whack-a-mole. With this ordinance update, the receivership tool can be better utilized to keep these pot shops from opening back up.”

Anderson was joined at the news conference by Stephan, Kristine Alessio, a former La Mesa City Council member, and Capt. Matthew Glisson of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.