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Shuttered marijuana dispensaries reopened in Costa Mesa

May 23, 2011 |  8:08 am


A group of shuttered marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa were allowed to reopen over the weekend after being deemed public nuisances.

Sue Lester, a former City Council candidate and owner of Herban Elements on Fair Drive, said an Orange County Superior Court judge's order Friday allowing her business to reopen was the "right thing to do" pending a court hearing next month.

Costa Mesa city officials took aim at the Fair Drive property and several marijuana dispensary and massage parlors in April, declaring them all public nuisances. Police said some of the massage parlors were fronts for prostitution.

Lester's business was among those ordered to shut down earlier this month under a temporary injunction until the businesses had a chance to appeal Friday.

Read more about the shutdown of the marijuana dispensaries in the Daily Pilot.


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Photo: Medical marijuana. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times