Patient to Patient Collective has dropped an appeal of the city's revocation of its operating permit and will be required to shut its doors by Aug. 20, Interim South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry said Tuesday.
The city revoked the medical marijuana dispensary's permit earlier this month after allegedly finding a fire wall had not been installed property and discovering the collective was growing in an unauthorized upstairs room.
Erika Triglia, who operated the dispensary with her husband, Matt Triglia, said they were dropping the appeal and leaving the medical marijuana business in order to raise their family.
"We're done being in that business," Triglia said Tuesday. "We just want to have normal life."
She said the couple would close the collective as soon as possible and apologized to the dispensary's members. Triglia added that she is "tired of being discriminated against with circumstantial evidence."
At the City Council's July 17 meeting, City Councilman Hal Cole questioned the Triglias about a December 2011 traffic stop in Missouri where a Matt Triglia and Erika French were stopped with about $85,000 in cash and two duffel bags that smelled of marijuana, according to a police report.
Matt Triglia denied knowledge of the incident at the meeting.
South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team task force commander Jeff Catchings said Triglia later said he was working in conjunction with authorities at the time of the traffic stop. In a letter to South Lake Tahoe Police Chief earlier this month, Catchings alleged South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensaries are involved in illegal marijuana trafficking.
City of Angels 2 Collective has also closed after being evicted, Kerry said.
The landlord of the building where the dispensary operated received a letter from federal prosecutors warning of possible prosecution and the South Lake Tahoe City Council voted against ratifying the dispensaries move to a new location earlier this month.
The remaining dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Wellness Collective, will be able to continue operating as long as it complies with the city's medical marijuana rules, Kerry said.