Santa Ana Again Targets Pot Shop Where Officers Caught on Video

Santa Ana police have issued an order to close a medical marijuana shop where hidden cameras recorded officers mocking an amputee and allegedly eating edibles, according to reporting by the Orange County Register and OC Weekly.

The newspapers reported that police executed a search warrant at the shop, Sky High Collective, on Monday. They confiscated 22 pounds of edibles, cameras, electronic tables and computers. Code enforcement officials also “red tagged” the shop and another dispensary nearby, an action that prohibits them from operation.

City officials have targeted the shop several times, the Register reported. But each time they’ve taken action against the dispensary, it’s remained open.

When Voice of OC published video of the raid, which went viral, Police Chief Carlos Rojas launched an internal investigation of the officers’ conduct. That investigation remains open. The Orange County District Attorney is also looking into the incident.

Matthew Pappas, the attorney who represents Sky High Collective, has also filed a federal lawsuit alleging that city officials have financial ties to other dispensaries in town and are using their policing powers to shut down the competition.