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By Shawn Raymundo
The Joint, a marijuana delivery service that has been operating through a local partnership with Vix Vapes in Downtown San Clemente, was ordered by the city in late January to cease and desist.
However, according to the city, those operations have continued, prompting the city to issue citations to the businesses for failing to comply with cease-and-desist letters that had been delivered to them on Jan. 21.
“The City has made numerous attempts to gain your compliance, none of which have been successful or even resulted in efforts to comply,” the city stated in a Feb. 19 citation to The Joint. “The business continues to operate illegally at the Property (in the Vix Vapes storefront business location), in violation of numerous portions of the San Clemente Municipal Code.”
Similar citations for violating the city’s prohibition on operating a commercial marijuana business were given to Vix Vapes and the Mission Viejo-based IDEN, the owner of the property. According to the citations, the city fined The Joint $500, IDEN $400 and Vix Vapes $400.
The Joint, a Santa Ana-based marijuana dispensary, had partnered with Vix Vapes to offer weed delivery services, essentially bypassing the city’s ban on commercial dispensaries within city limits.
Customers have been able to purchase marijuana by placing an order at The Joint’s digital kiosk within the store. Within a few minutes, a delivery driver comes up to the store to collect payment and drop off the customers’ products.
As of press time, the representatives for The Joint and Vix Vapes had not responded to San Clemente Times’ request for comment.
Chris Glew, The Joint’s director of legal affairs, had previously told SC Times that the kiosk at Vix Vapes is not a storefront.
However, the city argues in its citations that city code bars commercial marijuana activity and doesn’t allow for the permitting of any such business or operation. That includes “transportation, delivery, storage, distribution, or sale of marijuana, marijuana products or marijuana accessories.”
Adam Atamian, the city’s code compliance manager, said earlier this month that additional citations were forthcoming and that enforcement is ongoing.
Shawn Raymundo is the city editor for the San Clemente Times. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies. Before joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as the government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the U.S. territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.