Chula Vista police early in the morning of May 3 converged on an illegal marijuana dispensary on Third Avenue and shut down the operation. The city of Chula Vista is currently reviewing applications for recreational and medical marijuana retailers to operate legally in the city. (Eaton)
The city of Chula Vista closed down another cannabis dispensary on May 3, the latest in a string of pot-shop shutdowns as the city readies to welcome in licensed marijuana businesses.
The dispensary, called Cannavista, was located at 452 Third Ave., and, according to prior estimates, was over the 50th illegal shop closed by the city since Prop 64 legalized recreational marijuana use in California in 2016.
The raid took place at approximately 8:30 a.m. and was served by the city attorney’s office with assistance from a Chula Vista Police Department swat team, following a civil abatement warrant against the business.
“We’ve received numerous complaints over the course of the last, at-least several weeks, about this location,” CVPD Captain Phil Collum said.
No arrests were made, however, marijuana products, including cannabis-infused candies and popcorn, were seized from the business, which was located within a block of Saint Rose of Lima Elementary School and its adjoining chruch.
Collum said citizen complaints are always taken into account when dealing with issues such as illegal pot shops.
“We always try to adapt and meet the priorities of our community, what’s important to the safety of our community is important to the police department,” he said.
The dispensary is the latest to be shut down in the city, with other shops already closed down along Third Avenue, Main Street, Vance Street, Broadway, and others.
“I would not in any way want to suggest that this particular location is being treated any differently than any other