Ventura police report bust of illegal dispensary

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Ventura police arrested a woman Thursday morning after an investigation into an illegal marijuana dispensary she was believed to be operating, according to authorities.

When Proposition 64 took effect, recreational marijuana was legalized to purchase and use; however, selling marijuana as a commercial venture requires a license from the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, as well as a local business license, according to police. In Ventura, it is illegal to sell marijuana commercially under current law.

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Police said they were tipped off four months ago to the existence of an illegal marijuana dispensary called Canna Nuts at 5755 Valentine Road in Ventura. Through an investigation, police said they learned the sole proprietor was Janice Stabile, 54, of Ventura. Stabile did not possess a state or local license to operate a commercial marijuana business, according to police.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, police served a search warrant at the business as well as Stabile’s residence, authorities said. Through the search, officers seized 4 pounds of marijuana, two firearms and an estimated $128,000 in cash, authorities said.

Stabile was arrested on suspicion of illegal sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a place for the sale of a controlled substance, police said.

 

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