Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.
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A Spring Valley marijuana dispensary was raided Thursday by sheriff’s deputies and county code enforcement, and officials warn there will be more actions against other facilities despite state law legalizing recreational pot.
A search warrant was served around 8 a.m. at The Bakery, a dispensary located at 9215 Birch Street, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Cook.
“The search warrant was the direct result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens regarding the illegal marijuana dispensary,” Cook said.
Marijuana, edibles, cash, paraphernalia and items used in pot sales were seized, the sergeant continued.
Utility personnel were called in to cut off electrical service to the dispensary.
No arrests were made, but the investigation is ongoing.
Passed by California voters in November, Proposition 64 — which went into effect Jan. 1 — legalized recreational marijuana for persons aged 21 years or older and allows for certain sales and taxation.
Under the law, however, local governments can ban pot sales. Local jurisdictions can also regulate the industry and restrict where marijuana businesses are located.
“All medical and non-medical marijuana facilities are banned in the unincorporated area of San Diego County as of April 14, 2017,” Cook said. “Although Proposition 64 went into effect on January 1, 2018, medical and non-medical (recreational use) marijuana facilities are not allowed to operate in the county. All new and existing illegal marijuana facilities in the unincorporated area of San Diego County are subject to enforcement action.”
In March, the county Board of Supervisors provided waivers for two existing medical-cannabis dispensaries — near El Cajon and in Ramona — allowing them to operate for five more years before closing.
The vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting against the prohibition.
–Staff, wire reports
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