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Marijuana shop near Fullerton school closed

July 15, 2011 |  8:37 am

Photo: A sign at the Green Parrot marijuana dispensary. Credit: Fullerton Police Department. A marijuana dispensary operating about 300 feet from a Fullerton elementary school has been forced to shut down because of its proximity to the campus and other violations, police said Friday.

Neighbors of the Green Parrot dispensary complained to Fullerton police that it was operating illegally just yards from Raymond Elementary School in the Orange County suburb, said Fullerton police Lt. Andrew Goodrich.

Goodrich said the Green Parrot, in the 1000 block of East Chapman Boulevard, was investigated by narcotics investigators for a variety of violations, including operating without a permit, no business license and operating within 600 feet of a school.

Green Parrot owner Derek Gonzalez, 21, of Wildomar, Calif., received a citation for the violations.

Goodrich said the store had about 400 medical marijuana customers. Gonzales agreed to close his business, according to Goodrich.

The city also cited the building owner’s for code violations.

“Marijuana dispensaries, collectives and cooperatives are not allowed to operate within the city of Fullerton," Goodrich said.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: A sign at the Green Parrot marijuana dispensary. Credit: Fullerton Police Department.

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