Jesse Marx April 24, 2018
Since September, a San Diego man has filed nine lawsuits against properties hosting unpermitted marijuana storefronts, alleging landlords are discriminating against disabled customers. Illegal storefronts likely have a higher incentive to settle such suits rather go to court, which would make their existence much more conspicuous
In each of the pot shop complaints, Spikes claims he suffered difficulty, discomfort or embarrassment by not being able to enter the dispensary. In one case, he sought upward of $1.6 million in damages.
The landlords in four of those cases paid Spikes to go away rather than arouse the attention of law enforcement. Two of the landlords targeted by Spikes own other properties that have already been cited by San Diego for hosting unpermitted dispensaries.