Customers who patronized a pair of Hyperion Avenue marijuana dispensaries found both Silver Lake shops closed today following visits by federal drug agents. Signs of the closures were taped to the front of the Stargate Collective and Hyperion Healing, located about a block apart on Hyperion near Udell Court, “This was a good place,” said James, a Glendale resident outside of Hyperion Healing, where an employee was informing customers of the closure. “I think they are very legit.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency and Justice Department, however, would disagree with James.
A spokeswoman with the DEA said the agents were following up on letters sent to Los Angeles area marijuana dispensaries last month warning them they were in violation of federal law. The mailing of those letters coincided with the raid on the Fountain of Well Being dispensary, which operated a short walk away from where the Stargate and Hyperion Healing outlets are located.
It’s not clear when and if the two dispensaries would reopen. A sign on the door of the Stargate Collective said:
Due to some uncertainties from the government we are closed for today.
A woman who said she works at Hyperion Healing said the DEA agents did not remove any items or make any arrests. “They were just making sure were were not operating,” said the woman, who had worked at the dispensary for about three years. “We are a family-owned business. We are part of the community.”