City and state authorities raided an unlicensed Costa Mesa cannabis delivery service and seized more than $1.4 million in products, it was announced Tuesday.
Officers from the Costa Mesa Police Department and the California Division of Investigation’s Cannabis Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at Costa Mesa Beach Buds, 1651 Placentia Ave., on March 28, according to a statement from the city.
The Cannabis Enforcement Unit is the enforcement arm of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which falls under the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
“Illegal dispensaries harm and burden surrounding business owners and taxpayers,” says Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley in the statement. “Allowing them to illegally operate in the city creates an unfair advantage over our lawfully permitted green zone businesses. We are so grateful for the efforts of the Bureau of Cannabis Control to address illegal dispensaries in Costa Mesa.”
All commercial cannabis activity in California requires a state-issued license from one of the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities, notes the city, which directs those who wonder if a cannabis retail location is licensed to visit www.CApotcheck.com.
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