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CHULA VISTA CLOSES ILLEGAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY
40 shut down in last three years
The City of Chula Vista’s Code Enforcement Division, in conjunction with the Chula Vista City Attorney’s Office and the Chula Vista Police Department, successfully executed an abatement warrant last week at 1274 Third Avenue in Chula Vista. The building, which was openly operating as an unlawful marijuana business for the second time in two years, is now boarded up and closed for business.
The City’s action is part of its increased effort to close down these illegal, nuisance businesses, many of which contain unpermitted construction and electrical work in violation of state and local law. Chula Vista has shut down nearly 40 illegal dispensaries in the last three years.
Also, the City Attorney’s Office is in the process of creating the City’s first criminal prosecution unit to further assist with the shut-down of these illegal businesses, and to address other high priority crime and disorder issues within the City. If the City proceeds with licensing lawful marijuana businesses in 2019, City officials have made clear that those who have engaged in unlawful activity in Chula Vista or elsewhere will be disqualified from receiving a license to operate a cannabis business in the City of Chula Vista.