Newport Beach plans legal action against three medical marijuana dispensaries
Newport Beach officials have decided to take legal action, and possibly shut down, three medical marijuana clinics for alleged city code violations.
According to Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan and meeting minutes, the City Council authorized staff during a closed session to begin so-called nuisance abatement proceedings against three clinics:
West Coast Cure (2814 W. Newport Blvd.), Nature's Alternative Solutions (3400 Irvine Ave., No. 117) and The Healing Tree (4120 Birch St.).
The city's zoning code doesn't allow people to operate a facility that violates federal law, said City Atty. David Hunt.
"Nobody can engage in illegal practices," Hunt said. "It's in violation with the federal law, and we're just going to take that position."
-- Lauren Williams and Mike Reicher, Times Community News / Daily Pilot
Photo: Medical marijuana on display. Credit: Los Angeles Times