Judge issues restraining order preventing city from taking action against landlord of Los Angeles marijuana dispensary

A judge on Monday barred the City of Los Angeles from taking legal action against the landlord of a medical marijuana dispensary, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Los Angeles marijuana dispensary lawyers are fighting city action to force the closure of more than 400 dispensaries in accordance with the city ordinance enacted earlier this summer. The CANNABIS LAW GROUP is representing more than a dozen marijuana collectives and dispensaries in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

The city had sought to take legal action against 45 landlords after issuing warning letters last month that they were renting to illegal dispensaries. City officials were threatening penalties, daily fines, jail time and even the loss of occupancy permits.

The judge granted a temporary restraining order this week to Natural Ways Always, a dispensary in the Palms neighborhood. While the ruling impacts only that dispensary, it should embolden landlords who had been faced with the possibility of evicting dispensaries that are in the middle of court proceedings.

In comments made by an assistant city attorney, the city seemed to be backpedaling rapidly from its stance. “We were not mandating that they take any action based on the letters,” Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg said. “We were just outlining what the law was in this area.”

This ruling proves that the only defense is an aggressive offense. The CANNABIS LAW GROUP believes there is strength in numbers and urges owners of marijuana dispensaries and collectives to join the fight by calling our office today for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

The CANNABIS LAW GROUP is a law firm dedicated to the rights of medical marijuana patients, collectives and growers and has built a reputation for high-powered, aggressive legal representation of the medical marijuana industry in Southern California. Call 714-937-2050 for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.