COMPTON: Legal fracas brewing over weed dispensaries’ proximity to schools
Compton Unified School District increases pressure on City to act on illegal weed dispensaries operating brazenly close to schools COMPTON (MNS) — The school district here has directed its attorney to meet with the chief deputy
Compton Unified School District increases pressure on City to act on illegal weed dispensaries operating brazenly close to schools
COMPTON (MNS) — The school district here has directed its attorney to meet with the chief deputy of the major narcotics division at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office regarding the resurgence of marijuana dispensaries near schools in the “Hub City.”
The CUSD threatened to sue the city in 2013 when weed dispensaries initially set up shop nearby schools. Four years later the president of the governing Trustee Board is particularly troubled by the recurrence of drug activity in brazenly close proximity to schools.
“There are as many as 21 of these dispensaries doing business in our city, and three of them are within 600 feet of our schools,” said Satra Zurita, president, CUSD Board of Trustees. “We’ve asked the city, particularly City Attorney Craig Cornwell, to do something about this serious public safety situation and nothing has happened. We cannot continue to put our children at risk.”
An email letter was sent to Lance Wong at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office last week asking for assistance. It reviews the district’s efforts to pressure the city to do something about the dispensaries, including filing a complaint in L.A. Superior Court 18 months ago.
The letter emphasizes that state law prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of a school.
“Like many others in the community, we are concerned [about] what the dispensaries represent,” Zurita said. “We are especially concerned with the threat they represent to the health, safety and education of our students. It is long past [due] that something is done.”