Dennis Romero
LA Weekly
February 19, 2010

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As part of today’s moves against 21 medical marijuana dispensaries, the owner of a pot shop near Culver City was arrested for selling weed, the City Attorney’s office confirmed. Jeffrey Joseph, owner of Organica Inc. on Washington Boulevard in L.A.’s Del Rey community, was arrested this morning on suspicion of selling marijuana.

Now, you might ask, isn’t that what medical marijuana dispensary owners do? Sell pot? Well, yes. But the City Attorney’s office maintains as part of its efforts against the dispensaries Thursday that selling marijuana was never made legal by California’s medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215.

“It has been our position that you cannot sell marijuana,” assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg told the Weekly. In other words, the office position is that California’s law was intended to allow nonprofit collectives that cultivate and distribute pot to the seriously ill.

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