Newport Beach officials are asking an Orange County Superior Court judge to block an operation that identifies itself as a church but the city says is a marijuana dispensary violating local law.
Brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in Newport Beach under municipal code. Cultivation, processing, distribution and delivery of cannabis have been banned in the city since 2016.
A civil lawsuit Newport filed June 25 seeks an injunction to forbid the organization known as Church of the Holy Grail from operating at 2072 Bristol St. It isn’t clear how long it has been operating, though the lawsuit states the location has been running without a business license since at least Jan. 24.
Starting Sunday, all marijuana sold in California by state-licensed firms will be required to undergo new testing for quality and toxins, but retailers warn they’ll face financial hardship because they will have to destroy tens of millions of dollars’ worth of untested product still on their shelves.
The United Cannabis Business Assn. led 128 cannabis businesses and advocacy groups in petitioning Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to indefinitely extend the period for selling marijuana products that do not meet the new testing standards to avoid forcing some licensed firms out of business.
“This really is the destruction of the whole supply chain,” said Jerred Kiloh, president of the assocication, which represents 76 pot retailers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.