Cops Bust Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Another Pops Up

Do you suppose cannabis-hoovering cops consider medical-marijuana dispensaries like, erm, weeds? They'll bust one--like West Coast Wellness in Costa Mesa--and, lo and behold, another pops up--like Salubrious Rx in Yorba Linda.

Costa Mesa Police say a recent investigation uncovered evidence that West Coast Wellness at 1260 Logan Ave., Ste.  A-8, was "engaged in the criminal sales of marijuana, outside current California law." City code also "prohibits the opening and operating of any medical marijuana dispensary," according to police.

Search warrants issued by the Orange County Superior Court and served around 3 p.m. Thursday led to the arrests of: David Gordon Howes, 49, of Huntington Beach; Daniel Salazar-Rey, 23, of Costa Mesa; and Samual Salazar-Rey, 28, of Costa Mesa, on suspicion of felony possession and sales of marijuana. Ariel Amiee Yarrish, 18, of La Mirada, was also popped on a possession charge. The four were booked into the Costa Mesa Police Department jail.

Interior of West Coast Wellness in Costa Mesa.
"Walk in and experience our personable and attractive female bud servers," invites the West Coast Wellness website. "Centrally located off the 405, 55 & 73 freeways, we have ample parking and offer our patients a SAFE environment."

Promising a "comfortable/first-class environment" and a staff "committed to excellence," the club advertises $10 grams of Humboldt Organic, Green Candy as a daily special in $45, $90 and $175 quantitites and an assortment of other strains including Yukon Cheese, LA Confidential, Hindu Skunk, Lavender Kush and Blue Dream, as well as edibles like brownies, lollipops, Rice Krispies, cookies and shortbreads.

In all caps they stress, "WE ALWAYS OVERWEIGH!!!" and "WALK-INS WELCOMED!!!"

About the same time West Coast Wellness was being busted, the Orange County Register was reporting the opening of  Salubrious RX at 22607 La Palma Ave., Ste. 405, in Yorba Linda. It's so new the dispensary's website at is not yet up, but includes a menu, description and photos of the establishment.

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