Pot Shop Owner Charged With Money Laundering
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in L.A.'s Del Rey neighborhood has been charged with 24 counts, including money laundering, following last week's actions against 21 pot shops in the city of Los Angeles. The complaint against Jeffrey Joseph was filed Monday in Los Angeles, according to KTLA News.
Joseph was arrested Thursday after Los Angeles police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a warrant on his Organica shop on Washington Boulevard near Lincoln Boulevard in a area that straddles Marina Del Rey, Culver City and Venice. His bail was set at $350,000.
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office stated that Joseph's retail operation was targeted because the city had received complaints accusing the store of marketing its wares to children outside Culver City High School. Undercover "officers have found students to be in possession of marijuana apparently purchased from Organica," according to the office.
All 21 of the pots shops targeted in abatement actions by the City Attorney's office last week, in fact, were the subject of complaints. Interestingly, the main legal weapon the office is using against all of them is that they sold medical marijuana over-the-counter. That's what pot dispensaries do, but the office maintains that California's medical marijuana law never intended to allow sales -- it only outlined nonprofit, collective activities to get weed to the seriously ill.