L.A. plan would charge illegal pot shop owners for cost of killing their power

LOS ANGELES – The city of Los Angeles would start charging business and property owners of illegal pot shops for the costs associated with shutting off their utilities under a motion approved today by a City Council committee.

With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in the city, the council in March unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities. The Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Water and Power and other departments recently began acting on the policy, and as of last week, LAPD officials said at least 22 businesses had already been cut off.

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez on Friday introduced a motion stating that the cost

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