3 Venice pot dispensaries raided

Three medical marijuana businesses on Venice’s Ocean Front Walk were raided Wednesday by law enforcement agents, acting on behalf of the California Medical Board.

Search warrants were served at 1811 Ocean Front Walk, 1313 Ocean Front Walk and on the southwest corner of Ocean Front Walk and North Venice Boulevard, all of which are run by Kush Dr. LLC, Jennifer Simoes of the California Medical Board told City News Service.

Simoes declined to say why the medical board became involved or if any arrests were made. The businesses employ doctors who recommend marijuana at treatment for various ailments under the state law approved by voters in 1996.

“Our major narcotics division is working with the medical board on this investigation but I can’t tell you anymore about it at this time, because it’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Sandi Gibbons said.

According to state records, Kush Dr. LLC is based at 2314 Pacific Ave. in Venice and began operations on April 1, 2009.

Sean I. Cardillo, 37, the listed agent of service and possible owner of Kush Dr. LLC could not be immediately reached for comment.

However, Cardillo runs the Kushinator.com website, which is also the name of a rock band he started with another musician in 2008.

On the Kushinator.com website, Cardillo, the lead singer and bass player for the band, bills himself as Sean “Mr. Insanity” Kush. He wrote on his website that he left Florida in 2001 after graduating from Full Sail college, where he studied recording engineering.

Cardillo, also known as “Kush,” also wrote that he opened Medical Kush Beach club on Venice Beach in 2006.

In 2010, Cardillo told the Los Angeles Times he would temporarily close another dispensary he operated, the Kush Clubhouse, and would likely have to move the legally registered Medical Kush Beach club because it was too close to a residential building under the city’s new medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.

“I don’t want to do anything to disrespect the city,” Cardillo told The Times. “I’m not in this to do anything illegal.”

Under the medical marijuana dispensary ordinance passed by the City Council last year, some 400 dispensaries were ordered closed. Dispensaries opened before Nov. 13, 2007 moratorium were spared the axe but were required to locate themselves in strict adherence to the new zoning regulations.

Dispensary owners responded by filing more than 20 lawsuits against the city, challenging the new ordinance.

via : Contra Costa Times

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