DEA Agents Visit Eagle Rock Marijuana Dispensary

The Together For Change clinic posts a “Closed” sign after the visit, which is part of similar enforcement actions in the city.

Drug Enforcement Agency agents visited a medical marijuana clinic in Eagle Rock Tuesday to conduct what a special agent for the DEA called a “follow up” for the U.S. Attorney’s office, which launched asset forfeiture lawsuits last month against three Eagle Rock cannabis clinics.

DEA agents visited Together For Change, one of the major marijuana facilities in Eagle Rock, located in a mini mall on 2501 Colorado Blvd.

Special Agent Sarah Pullen, public information officer for the DEA in Los Angeles, told Eagle Rock Patch that the purpose of Tuesday morning’s visit was to determine whether the clinic was open or closed.

The visit, which is part of a wider enforcement action by the DEA against cannabis clinics in Los Angeles, was also aimed at ensuring if the management at Together For Change is aware of warning letters that federal prosecutors sent Sept. 25 to 68 marijuana stores that were in business or had recently closed.

The letters, which were sent to all known cannabis clinics in Eagle Rock, gave the storefront owners and landlords 14 days to comply with federal law or risk potential civil or criminal actions.

The 14-day deadline expired Oct. 9, the same day that the Los Angeles City Council finalized its decision to repeal a “Gentle Ban” ordinance outlawing marijuana storefronts in the face of a successful signature campaign by marijuana advocates, which, could have forced a referendum in March on the issue of storefront regulation.

Asked about the deadline and the consequences for pot clinics that still remained open after Oct. 9, Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, said in an Oct. 9 email reply to Eagle Rock Patch that “We’re not commenting at this point.”

Together For Change opened in May 2012 on the same premises where a previous clinic, American Eagle Collective, existed until the Los Angeles Police Department raided it on narcotics-related charges. Both AEC and the storefront's landlord are already targets of civil abatement lawsuits by the City Attorney's office.

Together For Change had a “Closed” sign on its premises shortly after the DEA agents left Tuesday. At least half-a-dozen customers drove into the parking lot of the mini mall where the dispensary is located within a span of five minutes following the agents’ departure.

Some of the customers asked people in the parking lot whether Together For Change had been raided. There was no sign of the dispensary’s security guard, who is usually present outside, although the dispensary staff appeared to be still inside, judging from a brief moment during which a shout could be heard through the glass door.

Pullen said she did not know if the DEA agents visited other marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock—nor precisely what was communicated to the dispensary employees.

“I would imagine that they’re going in and saying, Hey we’re from the DEA and trying to see what is going on and making sure you got the letters,” Pullen said.

FlyingTooLow October 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@EageRockMum... You and AFG really need to do some research...if you are going to comment on the topic of marijuana...do your homework... Seriously...you guys are a couple of uninformed lunatics...spare yourselves some humiliation and just SHUT UP...you have NO credibility... You probably think the movie "Reefer Madness" was based on fact... How pathetic What rock have you been living under? Come into the light, people! Incredible!
EagleRockMum October 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I did all my homework and graduated unlike you two dropouts! You must be smoking those happy pills or something becuase i am just trying to keep addicts like you out of Eagle Rock and away from my kids!
Duff Strong October 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM
"Becuase John McCain is a REAL American and not a muslim terorist." "All those addicts should buy there drugs in there own towns not here." "This country must of been insane to vote for Obama in the first place" "you thiunk thats funny but these people should'nt be here there criminals" Yes, what a wonderful testament to your intelligence. Please go on telling us how smart you are.
EagleRockMum October 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Smart enough to not let criminals take over my town or vote for a mulsim!
FlyingTooLow October 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM
@EagleRockMum... Please, have your prescription medications evaluated... You seem to be having an adverse reaction... First sympton is 'inability to reason'.... You are beyond that point....
EagleRockMum October 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I don't take drugs! Just like all addicts you think everyone else is on drugs too!
Duff Strong October 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
FlyingTooLow October 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM
@EagleRockMum... Methinks you need couseling... Maybe a little group therapy... to help you deal with whatever is REALLY bothering you. I do not think it is the marijuana issue...I think you may be going through a period of unhappiness... The solution could possibly be, take another prescription med...or, smoke some pot... Then, give yourself a hug...all of this animosity is NOT what life is about.. Personal opinion... I wish you the best, ERM
EagleRockMum October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Im just fine thank you I just dont want these drug dealers in Eagle Rock. That Micheal Larson guy is a hero to Eagle Rock and so is Mr Noguira. I dont even care that they made that flyer himself if it got these crfiminals out of town its just not exceptible. Maybe you should find someone to hug you LOL!!
EagleRockMom October 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
This Eagle Rock Mum seems a bit phony. Its as if someone (and I have some guesses as to who is behind this) has created this character who jumps into the convo from out of the blue, stirring up trouble. While I do agree with 90% of what she says about ridding ER of dispenseries, this character's arrival on the Patch is suspicious.
EagleRockMom October 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
AFG October 24, 2012 at 02:01 AM
@FTL: You are lumping me in with ERMum because I know some people who have had a marijuana related accident hurt them? Why? That's not irrational, etc. it's the truth. Why does the truth bother you. Marijuana doesn't have to have NEVER HURT ANYBODY.
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM
we need more nail salons and a bunch more massage parlors
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
ERM - "One is not preferable over the other." sure it is! with a dispensary you know their hours and can shop at your own conveyance. with your standard every day Weed Merchant you gotta wait till they call you back
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
ERM - please define "a ton of taxes"
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:06 AM
AFG- Oxy is (basically) heroin. to lump it in with pot is ridiculous
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:08 AM
yes AFG, "it's all about the children!" I say F@CK THAT. He's your kid, you worry about him. I got a life to lead
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:09 AM
oh wait- now its all about AFG !! "I said that I wouldn't care if they took them away today b/c I don't use them/like them." - of course. makes PERFECT sense!
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:12 AM
ERM - "No one wants to live in a dangerous or sketchy hood where stoners get high in public"- those are not mutually exclusive things. hey I don't want your dog to crap on my lawn, but I'm not going to tell you that you can't have a dog.
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
"She jumped off a building becuase she was high" <<< NEVER HAPPENED !!!! (please, I BEG you, turn off FOX and open a window. go for a walk. clear your head even more than its already is and join us in reality!!)
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
"smoking those happy pills" --- yep! those neighborhood scallywags all "hopped up on goofballs"
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
dude.... In ANY discussion of ANY significance, especially one concerning the record incarceration of american citizens absolutes are irrelevant! OK. fine. you have an anecdotal story of one person - it doesn't mean squat! There is a CLEAR hypocrisy in our criminal code with regard to weed. It is ludicrous to lump this relatively harmless plant in with heroin, opium, and meth. It's like saying my lambo and your escort are both "cars", and therefore chicks should not want to jump my crank because mine is a bad-ass leg spreader!
URanIDIOT October 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
yes, of course! its all Obama's fault! He has nothing better to do then worry about a handful of weed stores in a state that is a lock to vote for him. makes perfect sense
Damian October 24, 2012 at 07:08 AM
@EagleRockMom A street dealer can shoot somebody in the face. A dispensary worker can't really do that. A street dealer doesn't pay taxes. Dispensary owners have to. A street dealer starts gang violence. I don't see grocery store Ralphs and Vons starting gang wars for who controls the alcohol market in the area.
Barry Edwards October 29, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Let me guess if you were gay, and I didn't say you are but you wouldn't think that you should have the right to marry the same sex. Eagle Rock didn't ask for this, they make a lot of money off the taxes these shops bring in. Your opinion isn't based on fear but a prejudice.
Barry Edwards October 29, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Kathy, if you liked to drink wine and the government went to your store and took away all your wine because they claimed it was a narcotic, which it is... Im sure your feelings would be the same. Your opinion isn't based on facts but a prejudice.
Erica Edmonds December 29, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Green earth reopened ;) ftp!!!
Anonymous Nimby Crank December 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Ftp?? Real mature, thanks for furthering your cause. Your attitude just makes it so much easier to get rid of them. The police love this type of behavior along with go catch real criminals ask Cactus Gallery how far this type of thought process got them.
Randy February 03, 2013 at 05:07 AM
To all of you who do not like Cannabis dispensary's, I respect your opinion. If I may.....my twin brother died. 3 years ago July. The autopsy report said he died as a result of Quadriplegia. He had crashed a car 7 years prior. On page 7 of the report, hidden and obscure, it listed the 60 prescription meds and how THEY actually killed him. My brother took medicinal Marijuana for his horrible pain. Why is it ok for prescription, western medicine to kill 100,000 people a year but not ok for people to be pain free or beat a diseaae by using cannabis? Please, research. Talk to those who's lives have been changed for the better due to Marijuana, then make your opinion. Cannabis, by the way, for 1000 years, has not killed 1 person. Not one but can we say the same for alcohol or worse yet, cigarettes?
Tim Ryder February 03, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Randy, the few that don't like cannabis are growing fewer. Local prohibition crusader, Michael Larsen, and overpaid politicians like Jose Huizar have only one savior left now-the Federal government. They are now in the minority and pretty soon their fear-mongering reefer madness screeching will fall on deaf ears and they will slink back into the same oblivion where the old alcohol prohibitionists and all prohibitionists before them have ended up. Don't despair, Randy, this is America and freedom is our Birth-Right and IT WILL PREVAIL!


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