A two-year effort to make it harder to get baked in Lake Forest might finally have ended when federal officials shut down the city's last remaining dispensary.
Friday's closure marks the end of a tumultuous process–a collaborative effort between city and federal officials–aimed to close down every medical marijuana dispensary in Lake Forest. There were 38 in total. But, the success–as some city officials are touting it–didn't come without a cost. In fact, the city accrued almost $900,000 in legal fees, the Register reports.
“We're thrilled they're all closed now. These were operations that knew from the beginning they were in violation of our zoning laws. Even after several reminders they ignored the law. We undertook efforts to enforce the law. The city has achieved an important step in protecting the community.”
There are, of course, lots of people who aren't happy about the sweeping closures. Just last month, hundreds of people gathered outside city hall to protest the city's cannabis crackdown.