As Santa Barbara County authorities press charges against a Grover Beach dispensary owner, Grover Beach police say their local investigation of 805 Beach Breaks came up clean.
"We did not discover violations of our city ordinance or state law at the retail facility," Grover Beach City Manager Matthew Bronson told New Times. "Our investigation did not identify any criminal activity that occurred at the store."
Grover Beach launched its investigation after the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the cannabis dispensary on March 28, closing the shop for the morning.
In the search, Sheriff's deputies seized records and cannabis products that they claimed were sourced from a large, illegal grow operation in Los Alamos.
Brian Touey, 805 Beach Breaks co-owner, was alleged as one of three growers at the Los Alamos site—reportedly the largest the county had ever investigated, housing hundreds of thousands of plants.
On April 16, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office charged Touey with unlawful cultivation and sale of cannabis, and perjury. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on April 23.
In Grover Beach, Bronson said city police reviewed the shop's operations and "materials collected by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office"—but found no violations occurred locally.
Grover Beach authorities concluded that the products seized in the March 28 search "were legitimate products that were accurately reflected in business records," according to Bronson. In previous statements, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office also noted that the dispensary products, despite being sourced from Los Alamos, "appeared to be labeled to meet the state standards for retail sale."
The dispensary will continue operating under its current city permits.
Neither Touey's attorney nor store management returned a request for comment from New Times before press time.
805 Beach Breaks was the first brick-and-mortar cannabis dispensary to open in SLO County in 2018. It's one of two cannabis storefronts operating in the city and SLO County.