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City’s Secrecy on Pot Shop Letter Was Illegal, Expert Says

Another endangered species — the Costa Mesa pot shop owner — was in the news this week. Medical marijuana users came to the Costa Mesa City Council meeting to plead with council members to not shut down dispensaries in the city. In recent weeks, federal agents have shut down two dispensaries and issued warnings to several others.

And we now know that not only did the Costa Mesa City Council send a letter to the feds asking for the crackdown, but it also decided to do so in secret, which our open government expert says is illegal.

The Costa Mesa City Council violated California’s open meetings law last year when it secretly authorized a letter seeking federal law enforcement assistance in shutting down the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries, according to open government expert Terry Francke.
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