When the Temecula Police Department joined the Riverside County District Attorney’s countywide Cannabis Regulation Task Force two months ago, there were 16 illegal cannabis dispensaries operating within the city limits of Temecula. The City of Temecula, however, does not license any cannabis dispensaries.
As of April 26, according to the DA’s office, “there are no known cannabis dispensaries operating in the city.”
Over that two-month period, the Cannabis Regulation Task Force served 10 search warrants at eight different illegally operating dispensaries. Two locations were served twice because they reopened after the first search warrant was served. Several other illegally operating dispensaries voluntarily closed during those two months.
Search warrants and cease and desist orders were served at several Temecula locations including Golden State on Commerce Center Drive, Temecula Healing Center on Roick Drive, Temecula Valley Patient Care on Roick Drive, Bud Buddies on Remington Avenue, Karma Collective on Remington Avenue, 420 Friends on Zevo Drive, High Society Social Club on Via Montezuma, and Kings of Cannabis on Business Park Drive. During the service of the search warrants, officials seized 232 pounds of finished cannabis product. According to the DA, the cases are under review for possible filing of criminal charges.
The purpose of the DA’s Cannabis Regulation Task Force is to protect properly licensed legal cannabis businesses and enforce regulatory requirements which protect the environment and consumers. The DA’s office noted the, “Task Force will continue its investigations into all unlicensed and illegal dispensaries in Riverside County.”
Agencies currently involved in this Task Force effort include the DA’s Bureau of Investigation, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Hemet Police Department, the Riverside Police Department, and the Temecula Police Department. Also assisting in the various operations were personnel from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.