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Over 500 charged in LA crackdown on illegal pot businesses

September 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged more than 500 people with misdemeanors for illegal marijuana operations.

City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday that police and his office continue to target the hundreds of businesses that aren’t complying with local and state rules since recreational pot sales became legal in California this year.

Feuer says his office has filed 120 marijuana cases against 515 people. The 105 businesses targeted include pot shops, delivery services and growing operations.

Feuer says nearly two dozen businesses have shut down since the enforcement.

Police Chief Michel Moore says hundreds of illegal businesses remain, but the charges serve as a warning to others that the city will take action.

Those charged face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fines.

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