BCC Announces Enforcement Action on Two Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers in Southern California

Author: Bureau of Cannabis Control
Published: Jan 30, 2020
Sacramento, California


SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU) today announced enforcement action on two unlicensed cannabis retailers operating in Southern California.

On Tuesday, January 28, DOI-CEU served a search warrant on an illegal cannabis business, “Garden of Faith”, located at 24400 Muirlands Blvd., Unit E in Lake Forest. The operation resulted in the seizure of $400,000 in cannabis products and illicit vape pens. Additionally, $55,724 in cash was seized at the scene.

Last week, DOI-CEU and the Los Angeles Police Department also served a search warrant on “High Society Wellness Center”, an unlicensed retailer located at 2000 Marengo St., Unit G in Los Angeles. The collaborative operation resulted in the seizure of $113,220 in cannabis products, which included approximately 190 illicit vape cartridges.

The combined value of illegal cannabis products and cash seized from these unlicensed operators totaled over $560,000.

All commercial cannabis activity in California must be conducted on a premise with a valid license issued by the appropriate state cannabis licensing authority. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law. To file a complaint regarding illegal cannabis activity, click here – Enforcement Online Services.

An educational video showing consumers how to scan and verify a cannabis retailer’s QR code can be found here. Consumers without a QR code-enabled phone can also check a retailer’s license information by visiting the Bureau’s license search tool at CApotcheck.com.


For additional information about reporting licensed or unlicensed commercial cannabis activity, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit the Bureau’s website at http://www.bcc.ca.gov/. For information on all three state licensing authorities, please visit the state’s California Cannabis Portal at https://cannabis.ca.gov/. Follow the Bureau on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily news and updates.

Those looking to get in touch with the Bureau of Cannabis Control may contact us directly through email at bcc@dca.ca.gov.

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