Calif. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hit With $1.8M Penalty

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December 3, 2015

San Diego — A Pacific Beach medical marijuana dispensary has been hit with a $1.8 million penalty for operating outside of San Diego’s zoning regulations, incurring by far the largest fine against a dispensary in city history.

That more than doubles the total amount of dispensary-related judgments the city has collected to date.

On Nov. 20 Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled against SoCal Holistic Health Inc. and the company’s president, Ryan Murphy. Besides the $1.835 million penalty for operating illegally, Taylor also issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, prohibiting them from having a dispensary anywhere within city limits.

“The judges are sending a message, and so are we: Marijuana dispensaries can either follow the law or they will pay a high price for their actions,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a statement Wednesday.

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