GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KTLA) — City officials in Garden Grove on Tuesday warned medical marijuana dispensaries to shut down by the end of the day or face hefty fines.
There are about 60 pot collectives in Garden Grove — the highest concentration in Orange County
The city banned pot shops back in 2008, but a supreme court case put that ban on hold.
Then, earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities did have the right to ban dispensaries using zoning ordinances.
The day after the ruling, Garden Grove sent out letters telling dispensary owners they had until May 14 to close their doors, or face a $1,000 per day fine.
There could also be criminal charges and civil lawsuits if the pot shops don’t comply.
Supporters of marijuana collectives said the ban would force people who use the drug medicinally to turn to the black market.
They wanted the city to find a way to regulate the dispensaries rather than banning them.
They planned to make their case at a city council meeting Tuesday night.