by David Downs
A South Los Angeles landlord is the first to pay a $500 fine under the city's new law — Measure D. The fine was for leasing space to an unauthorized pot club.
LA voters approved regulations at the ballot box that allow for about 135 dispensaries in the city. Hundreds of others have to close.
A spokesman for City Attorney Mike Feuer told City News Service that Donald Curtis Andrews, who leased space to Universal Holistic Collective pleaded no contest on October 8 to violating Measure D. He owes the city $500 and cannot rent to another pot club or he faces stiffer penalties.
Andrews is among about fifty landlords and/or club operators targeted by the City Attorney's office in the opening round of Measure D enforcement. At least forty clubs have closed since being notified, Feuer said.
But we're getting other reports that new clubs are opening every week. For example, a two-week-old club was robbed this week, according to reports.
Activist Brett Stone wrote this morning on an email list we follow, "For every pot shop the city closes two more open to replace it. And patients are the winners as the intense competition has brought prices down to $40 for a top shelf eighth, $70 for a quarter and oz's for $240-$250."