The city of Redondo Beach, which prohibits marijuana dispensaries, is taking action against two businesses officials say have been operating illegally for more than a year.
Criminal charges have already been leveled against one of the businesses, which bills itself as a religious organization, and a city prosecutor said Friday charges will be filed against another dispensary on Aviation Boulevard that operates out of an unmarked storefront.
A note on Weedmaps, where the Pineapple Club advertises, advises visitors to approach a white door to the right of Angel City Grill and ring the bell.
City prosecutor Joy Abaquin said Pineapple Club and the owner of the property at 1505 Aviation Blvd. face criminal charges for allegedly operating an illegal marijuana dispensary and doing business without a license.
A request for comment by a representative of the club was not returned Friday, Aug. 23.
City prosecutors said are also pursuing a similar case against a dispensary on Artesia Boulevard, open since about July 2018, that represents itself as a church.
First called Seaside Church of Alternative Healing, located behind the Sandbox Smoke Shop at 2500 Artesia Blvd., the dispensary — under pressure from the city — closed in July only to reopen a few weeks later with many of the same employees and organized by the same people. Now it’s called Sacramental Life Church of Redondo Beach.
City prosecutor Melanie Chavira, who’s handling the case, said that while the city agreed to dismiss certain charges if the dispensary shut down, the group was still required to correct various code violations. Since they allegedly did not comply with the terms of the agreement, Chavira said the case will proceed.
Chavira said the new iteration could be subject to a separate criminal action. Listed with the California Secretary of State as the agent