An Alhambra man was taken into custody on Jan. 15 during a traffic stop in Glendale after police found several dozen packages of marijuana products allegedly in his possession.
Felipe Talentino, 37, was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle without a functioning interlock device.
Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale Police Department spokeswoman, said Talentino was stopped near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Brand Boulevard around 11:45 a.m. for an alleged tinted window violation.
The officer discovered Talentino’s license had been suspended, and his car was supposed to be installed with an interlock device, a type of breath-alcohol tester that prevents a car from starting if the driver has been drinking, a requirement resulting from a prior DUI conviction.
During a search of the vehicle Lightfoot said an officer found a bag containing multiple packages of marijuana and marijuana-related products including candy edibles, cannabis oil and vaporizers. She also said cash, a scale and other items “consistent with the sale of marijuana” were found.
Talentino was taken into custody and released several hours later on $2,000 bail.
Although recreational marijuana is legal in California, residents can only possess up to 28.5 grams of the herb or up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate for personal use. They can also own up to six live plants.
Legal marijuana can only be purchased from dispensaries licensed under the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
Glendale has had an outright ban of marijuana dispensaries since 2011, prior to it becoming legalized for recreational use. The city also outlawed the cultivation of cannabis and the delivery of pot-related products in 2016.
In 2017 the City Council voted to table any decision on allowing or banning recreational marijuana dispensaries within the city, deciding to take a wait-and-see approach with how other cities dealt with legal weed.
The issue has yet to be revisited.