Marijuana dispensary in Yucaipa quickly shut down and red-tagged

On Friday, Jan. 5, city of Yucaipa personnel and law enforcement received notification that a marijuana dispensary was operating out of the old Green Valley Spa and Health Center, on Yucaipa Boulevard.

The building itself is no stranger to being red-tagged, as it was red-tagged multiple times when it was Green Valley Spa.

Early Monday, Jan. 8, Yucaipa Code Enforcement and Yucaipa Police Department red- tagged the unnamed marijuana dispensary.

“They were intending to sell marijuana commercially. At this point it has already been red tagged in a cease and desist this morning,” said Director of Community Development Paul Toomey.

A cease and desist letter is a document sent to an individual or business to stop purportedly illegal activity “cease” and not to restart it, “desist.” The letter may warn that if the recipient does not discontinue specified conduct, or take certain actions, by deadlines set in the letter, that party may be sued.

“We received notice of the operation late Friday, that’s when we became aware of it. If there is evidence of continuing operations, fines will accrue to that party,” continued Toomey.

According to Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station, personnel from the Sheriff’s department including Quality of Life Deputy Alicia Rosa and Sergeant Jon Minard assisted city’s code enforcement team Kellie Graydon and Pamela Swantek, when issuing the red tag to the unidentified marijuana business.

“In Yucaipa you can grow up to six plants for personal use and you’re only allowed to carry the legal amount. Having more than six plants, you’re exceeding the personal use limit and you’re considered a distributor. While other cities are permitting commercial distribution, Yucaipa is not,” Toomey said.

The legal amount of recreational marijuana an adult ages 21 and over can purchase is one ounce per day in California.

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