Shangri La files suit against county

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Shangri La Care Cooperative (SLCC) is striking back at the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) and the county of Ventura. A petition for writ of mandamus, filed Oct. 7 in Ventura Superior Court, seeks return of and redress for property lost or destroyed subsequent to a series of VCSO raids on SLCC holdings in 2015 and 2016. As respondents, the suit included VCSO, the county of Ventura and Does 1 to 10.
“Shangri La is not going anywhere, and it's certainly not going quietly,” SLCC co-founder Jeff Kroll said Oct. 11. “And with this filing, we hope that people feel more encouraged to come forward and share their stories of how the VCSO actions have impacted their lives.”
Kroll was one of three men associated with the Ojai-based cooperative who were arrested April 14 on a variety of charges related to the operation of the not-for-profit business that provides its members with medicinal products derived from cannabis. SLCC has been inoperative ever since.

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