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San Diego building owner agrees to evict pot dispenaries, massage parlors

September 29, 2011 |  5:40 pm

The owner of a building in the North Park neighborhood has agreed to evict four medical marijuana dispensaries and a dozen massage parlors from his building, the San Diego city attorney announced Thursday.

City Atty. Jan Goldsmith had sought a court order against the owner on the premise that the marijuana and massage businesses were violating city zoning laws.

A San Diego police officer said he believes the marijuana dispensaries were responsible for an increase in loitering, traffic congestion and smoking pot in public.

The owner of the building at 4009-4010 Park Blvd., while not admitting liability, has agreed to pay $10,000 in civil penalties, Goldsmith said.

--Tony Perry in San Diego