San Diego sues to close medical pot shop

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s city attorney is suing a medical marijuana dispensary to force it to close.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/16QIDT2 ) that the move this week is a reversal of the city’s official policy toward medical dispensaries under former Mayor Bob Filner.

After Filner took office, he called for City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to stop taking dispensaries to court to force closure.

Filner resigned at the end of August, nine months into his four-year term, after allegations that he sexually harassed several women.

Days after his resignation, acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner’s policy.

This week the city attorney filed a civil complaint to shut down the Central Wellness Collective in mid-city — the first such legal action this year.

The complaint holds the property owners liable for allowing the dispensary to remain open despite city zoning laws, which ban their operation in any zone.

Goldsmith said the action was taken after community complaints and reports of fights in the parking lot of the restaurant next to the dispensary.

During Filner’s term, more than a dozen dispensaries opened in the city.

He had also proposed an ordinance that would have allowed marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city legally within certain zones, but it was rejected by the City Council.

Neighborhood groups are vetting a new, more restrictive marijuana zoning ordinance, which may go to the Council for consideration by January.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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