City of Murrieta officials have shut down a medical marijuana dispensary due to alleged code violations.
Diamond Star Remedies, 41449 Los Alamos Road, has been red-tagged, according to Murrieta police. As of Friday, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said access to the property was forbidden for both the owner and the public.
According to the lieutenant, Murrieta city officials including police, code enforcement, a building inspector and a fire inspector went to inspect the property at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
"The officers/officials spoke with the owner of Diamond Star and requested an inspection of the site based on no business license, as well as obvious building and fire code violations," Conrad said. "The officers/officials were denied entry by the owner during that visit."
The same officers/officials returned to the property at about 4 p.m. Thursday with an inspection warrant, Conrad said.
"The owner was advised of the warrant, given a copy and he complied with the search warrant. The officers/officials were permitted to enter the structure and a number of violations were noted," Conrad said.
The owner, operator, employees and volunteers were then advised they were "not to enter the property without permission from city officials," Conrad said.
It was unclear what the alleged violations were, though Conrad said the dispensary owner was provided a list. He was also given a detailed explanation of the city ordinances—the city currently has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries—and the types of businesses permitted to operate within the city, Conrad said.
Dispensary owner John Szwec, who could not immediately be reached for comment late Friday, told Patch in a previous interview that he applied for a business license but was denied.
Szwec's attorney, Matthew Pappas, previously told Patch his client welcomed the opportunity to have the property inspected.
Two other dispensaries—Cooperative Medical Group and Greenhouse Cannabis Club—that attempted to operate in the city have also since shut their doors.
The higher courts have yet to make a clear ruling on whether cities may regulate dispensaries, as medical marijuana was legalized by California voters.