With the advent of the legal recreational marijuana business, it's "a new day in law enforcement" in California, a senior LAPD official said Tuesday. He said officers will pay particular attention to drivers who are impaired by the drug and anyone supplying it to a minor.
"This is an emerging area of operation for us," said LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore, adding that the department's gang and narcotics division will lead enforcement of the new law, which prohibits the use of marijuana in public places and by anyone under 21.
"We will act aggressively to enforce these regulations," Moore said.
He noted dispensaries that sold medical marijuana in the past have been "sources of significant criminal activity," but added that the department isn’t shifting a lot of resources to the effort and understands times have changed.