Three people were arrested and about $115,000 worth of marijuana was seized at a dispensary in Pasadena that city officials allege was operated illegally, authorities reported Friday.
The arrests were made on Thursday, when a search warrant was served at Rose Buds Dispensary at 1291 E. Walnut St., according to city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
The search followed “several months of cease-and-desist letters and numerous violations,” according to Derderian, who said more than 25 pounds of pot and $3,000 in cash was seized at the location.
Derderian said the city had been trying since June “to get the owners/operators of this business to comply,” triggering a series of citations, cease-and-desist orders and warrants.
Dispensaries are not currently permitted in Pasadena, but the city is moving forward under a measure passed by city voters setting forth regulations for the sale and cultivation of marijuana, Derderian said.
The search was conducted by Pasadena police, and city planning and code compliance personnel, the city prosecutor and representatives from the city attorney’s office were involved in the investigation, Derderian said.
Additional arrests are possible city officials said.
“This is the first of many criminal investigations we will be conducting at illegal dispensaries in an ongoing effort to maintain our legal responsibilities and in the interest of public safety,” City Manager Steve Mermell said. “We hope to bring some peace of mind to the neighboring businesses and residents who have been reporting illegal activity at this dispensary.”
The names of the arrestees were not immediately available.