Pot dispensary raided for 2nd time in 2 weeks

EL CAJON -- It was a familiar site at the Cloud 9 Wellness marijuana dispensary in El Cajon, as police and a Narcotics Task Force raided the pot shop, seizing marijuana and cash and arresting employees.

It was the second time in as many weeks.

Police Lt. Walt Miller said that the dispensary, at 445 West Douglas Avenue, was selling its wares illegally.

Authorities served a search warrant at about 9:30 a.m. and seized the drugs as well as property and money. Outside the shop, they used an electric saw, sledgehammer and wedge to pry open a locked machine.

Though the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, El Cajon has enacted a municipal code that prohibits sales of the drug within its city limits.

"This law will be strictly enforced, in part to help prevent the type of activity these illegal businesses often bring to nearby neighborhood residents, such as discarded drug paraphernalia, excessive loitering, robberies and burglaries," Miller said.

Miller added that the situation at Cloud 9 was, "an ongoing problem with this group of people."

While no arrests were made last week, Thursday's raid led to 11 arrests for those working in the shop.

An armed guard was seen outside the store in handcuffs.