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Citizens Not Allowed to Rob Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Just because the federal government can legally rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, it doesn't mean you can too. On Friday, in two separate incidents in the Valley, a dispensary on Cahuenga Boulevard in North Hollywood and Golden State Collective, 10369 Balboa Blvd., in Granada Hills, both got robbed in takeovers. On Sunday, the Granada Hills robbers were caught, according to the Daily News:

During the heist, one shot was fired, ricocheting off the floor and breaking a window. No one was injured. The robbers took some $10,000 in cash and up to four pounds of marijuana before taking off in a 4-door SUV, police said.

During the investigation police recovered a sawed off double-barrel 12- gauge shotgun from the scene.

Arrested Sunday on Roxford Street were Jose Carlos Meza, 20, from Arleta; Carlos Rodriguez, a 21-year-old tattoo artist from Arleta; Stephanie Avila, 19, unemployed from Panorama City; and Lisa Annette Gutierrez a 22-year-old office manager from Mission Hills. The women were being held on charges of transporting cocaine for sale. The men were being held on attempted murder charges because they threatened their victim, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Tom Murrell.

The LAPD say they have seen crime spike around dispensaries. "There's a lot of crime associated with these places," Lt. Tom Murrell told the Daily News. "It's becoming more and more prominent."

Photo of a Studio City Dispensary by lavocado via Flickr