Members Of Watts Community March To Protest Illegal Marijuana Dispensary


UPDATES AS SOON AS WE GET THEM. ELSA: FIREFIGHTERS HAVE A LONG NIGHT AHEAD OF THEM, OF COURSE. A GROUP OF CHURCHGOERS IN WATTS OUT ON THE STREET PROTESTING AN ILLEGAL POT STORE. PETER: JOY BENEDICT TELLS US NEIGHBORS SAY THE BUSINESS IS ATTRACTING MORE CRIME TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. REPORTER: IT WAS A SHORT WALK WITH A LOT OF MEANING. DOZENS OF MEMBERS OF THE WATTS COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO MARCH IN UNITY ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER HOPING TO PAVE A BETTER PATH FOR THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE. REPORTER: THEY’RE PROTESTING A MARIJUANA DISPENSARY BEHIND THIS METAL DOOR IT. CLOSED UP WHEN WORKERS HEARD THE MARCH WAS COMING. YOU SEE SOME OF THEM JUST SMOKING OR DOING ANY TYPE OF DRUGS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. REPORTER: SHE IS JUST 16 YEARS OLD, SHE IS THE EXACT PART OF THIS COMMUNITY THE PROTESTERS SAY THEY ARE TRYING TO PROTECT. IT’S UNSAFE ANYWAYS. WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS WITHOUT THAT PLACE. REPORTER: MANY HERE SAY THEY HAVE SEEN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY OUTSIDE IN THE YEAR THIS BUSINESS HAS BEEN HERE, AND POLICE SAY ROBBERIES HAVE INCREASED. THEY JUMPED ON HIM AND TOOK THOSE MEDICAL CONTAINERS THAT THE WEED BE IN. REPORTER: THE MARCH WAS ORGANIZED BY TWO CHURCH LEADERS IT’S NOT MEDICINAL MARIJUANA THEY ARE AGAINST, IT’S THE STORE. THEY DON’T CARE WHAT GOES ON UP HERE, THEY CARE WHAT GOES IN THERE. REPORTER: THE COMMUNITY SAYS THEY RAIDED THE DISPENSARY FRIDAY, IS AN ILLEGAL OPERATION, BUT DESPITE MAKING SEVERAL ARRESTS IT REOPENED THE NEXT MORNING. THE JUDGES ISSUE SMALL FINES AND THEY’RE OUT THE NEXT DAY. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THE DISPENSARY IS MAKING 20,000 A DAY PROFIT. REPORTER: ANOTHER ISSUE FOR THE COMMUNITY IS THE PROXIMITY OF THE STORE TO THE METRO STATION WHICH IS MAYBE A BLOCK OR SO AWAY. FOLKS WERE CONCERNED, EVERYONE HAS TO WALK PAST THE AREA TO GET WHERE THEY’RE GOING. INTIMIDATED BY WALKING THROUGH THE AREA. REPORTER: THERE WAS NO FEAR TODAY. DESPITE AN ATTEMPT BY COUNTERPROTESTERS THIS WENT SMOOTHLY, AND THIS GROUP HOPES THE LAWMAKERS AND THE OWNERS

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