SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU), in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), today announced enforcement action on an unlicensed cannabis retailer operating within the city of Los Angeles.
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, DOI-CEU served a search warrant on an unlicensed cannabis retail location, “One Stop Healers,” located at 14064 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar. The City of Los Angeles confirmed this location had not applied for a local license. The LAPD assisted with the service of the search warrant.
The search warrant resulted in the seizure of over $2,000,000 of cannabis and cannabis products, including almost 500 pounds of cannabis flower, over 430 gross pounds of concentrates, and over 200 gross pounds of edibles.
Sevada Khanlari, the owner of the retail location, as well as six employees, were arrested on misdemeanor charges of operating a commercial cannabis business without a license to do so. Additional charges may be added once the investigation is completed by DOI-CEU and submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was conducted at the request of the Bureau and was based upon a complaint the Bureau received.
All commercial cannabis activity in California requires a state-issued license from one of the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities. Selling cannabis goods without a state license is a violation of state law. Enforcement of unlicensed commercial cannabis activity may occur at the state and/or the local level.
To file a complaint regarding an entity licensed by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, click here – Enforcement Online Services. Once the user clicks File a Complaint, they will be prompted to select a license type, or they can simply report on unlicensed activity. After filling out the nature of the complaint, the user then reviews and submits the complaint to the Bureau for follow-up.
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ DOI is a law enforcement agency that protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations of California’s laws, regulations and professional standards.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. For more information about our agency, please visit the Bureau?s website. To learn more about California?s three cannabis licensing authorities and the other state agencies contributing to cannabis regulatory efforts, please visit California?s Cannabis Portal.
Those looking to get in touch with the Bureau of Cannabis Control may contact us directly through email at [email protected].
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