Steve Cooley warned us this would happen.
Back in October, the LA County District Attorney said state law doesn't allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot over the counter. He vowed to target any pot clinics engaging in over-the-counter sales.
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He was charged with selling, transporting and possessing marijuana. Joseph pleaded not guilty.
Cooley has announced he is considering a run for attorney general.
"So they use a very high-profile individual, unfortunately in this case, Mr. Joseph, to basically stand up for everybody," Shevin told the Times.
The DA's office said that's not the case.
"There have been dozens of cases that the office has filed," Joseph Esposito, of the DA's office, told the Times. "We're going to evaluate every case differently."
Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have a lot in common on the issue. Last week, Joseph was taken into LAPD custody after a raid -- the third at the dispensary.
Joseph closed after the second raid, but reopened.
Trutanich has filed lawsuits against Organica, an Eagle Rock facility and two South LA locations.
Prosecutors claimed in court that Organica sometimes turned monthly profits of $100,000. Joseph was called an "ongoing threat to the community," according to the Times' report.
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