RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) – A California appeals court upheld an injunction barring a businessman from growing and selling medical marijuana in Corona, Calif., because he falsely described his nonprofit enterprise as a “miscellaneous retail” establishment.
On his application for a business license, Ronald Naulls told city officials that his Healing Nations Collective would sell “miscellaneous medical supplies.”
Instead, he used the business to cultivate, store, sell and distribute marijuana, according to the ruling.
Legal counsel for the city sent him a letter directing him to close shop, citing a moratorium Corona had imposed on medical marijuana dispensaries. When Naulls continued to operate his business, the city accused Healing Nations Collective of constituting a public nuisance.
The lower court issued a preliminary injunction preventing Naulls from operating his business.
Justice Miller agreed on the basis that Naulls had violated city code by failing to specify the exact nature of his operation. “He therefore provided incomplete information,” Miller wrote, “and as a result the City issued a business license which it would not otherwise have done.”