On Friday, March 8, Councilwoman Nury Martinez led the Los Angeles City Council in voting unanimously for a proposal to authorize the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities to illegal cannabis businesses. Following the vote, Councilwoman Martinez issued this statement.
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Friday, March 8, 2019
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Councilwoman Nury Martinez Leads Council in Cracking Down on Illegal Cannabis Businesses
Council Voted Unanimously in Favor of a Proposal to Authorize LADWP to Shut Off Utilities to Illegal Cannabis Businesses
Los Angeles, CA - City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after the Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to authorize the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities to illegal cannabis shops:
“I am encouraged by the commitment shown by my colleagues in supporting this common-sense legislation. For years, I have made the case that businesses who flout the rule of law must not be allowed to take advantage of tax-payer funded resources. Violating the rules and regulations that govern cannabis is not a victimless crime. It is our children and families who are forced to live near these hubs of crime and illegal activity. Moreover, it is unfair to the operations of properly licensed businesses who are playing by the rules. Today’s legislation finally gives our communities the tools to fight back against these illegal businesses. I am proud that as a City we are sending a loud and clear message that our neighborhoods and laws must be respected.
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.