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BCC Announces Enforcement Action on Two Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers in Southern California

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU) today announced enforcement action on two unlicensed cannabis retailers operating in Southern California.

On Tuesday, January 28, DOI-CEU served a search warrant on an illegal cannabis business, “Garden of Faith”, located at 24400 Muirlands Blvd., Unit E in Lake Forest. The operation resulted in the seizure of $400,000 in cannabis products and illicit vape pens. Additionally, $55,724 in cash was seized at the scene.

Last week, DOI-CEU and the Los Angeles Police Department also served a search warrant on “High Society Wellness Center”, an unlicensed retailer located at 2000 Marengo St., Unit G in Los Angeles. The collaborative operation resulted in the seizure of $113,220 in cannabis products, which included approximately 190 illicit vape cartridges.

The combined value of illegal cannabis products and cash seized from these unlicensed operators totaled over $560,000.

All commercial cannabis activity in California must be conducted on a premise with a valid license issued by the appropriate state cannabis licensing authority. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law. To file a complaint regarding illegal cannabis activity, click here – Enforcement Online Services.

An educational video showing consumers how to scan and verify a cannabis retailer’s QR code can be found here. Consumers without a QR code-enabled phone can also check a retailer’s license information by visiting the Bureau’s license search tool at CApotcheck.com.

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