SAN DIEGO — A Pacific Beach medical marijuana dispensary has been hit with a $1.8 million penalty for operating outside of San Diego’s zoning regulations, incurring by far the largest fine against a dispensary in city history.
That more than doubles the total amount of dispensary-related judgments the city has collected to date.
On Nov. 20 Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled against SoCal Holistic Health Inc. and the company’s president, Ryan Murphy. Besides the $1.835 million penalty for operating illegally, Taylor also issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, prohibiting them from having a dispensary anywhere within city limits.
“The judges are sending a message, and so are we: Marijuana dispensaries can either follow the law or they will pay a high price for their actions,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a statement Wednesday. [Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune]