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The application process required to open a legal canna-business is an arduous and time-consuming task, but for one California businessman, the process took a bizarre and violent twist. Christopher Williams, a San Diego businessman who is trying to open three medical cannabis dispensaries in nearby Lemon Grove, claims that he was physically assaulted by a local city councilman during a private meeting with city officials.

On July 14th of last year, Williams met Lemon Grove City Councilman David Arambula, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez, and local Democratic Party board member Taisha Brown at Arambula’s house. Williams, who was reportedly frustrated by constant delays in getting his dispensaries fully licensed, hoped to discuss this issue at the meeting. The other parties said that they only intended to socialize and casually discuss ways to improve Lemon Grove.

According to Arambula and Vasquez, Williams repeatedly attempted to discuss his dispensaries, but the politicians told him they…

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