Any dispensaries found operating from Jan. 7 on will be fined $1,000 a day, Kroner said.
The exact number of dispensaries in Sunset Beach is hard to determine. Names, addresses and phone numbers are readily available on several websites, which list Cali Genes, Sea & Sand Collective and others. However, some of the numbers are out of service, and it's unclear how many of the dispensaries are still in business.
A Los Angeles Times story in September reported that a dispensary called the West Coast Patients Collective Assn. closed over the summer, and Lt. Adam Powell of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said another, the Green Sunset Collective, shut its doors following a raid by county officials a few months ago.
Kroner, likewise, said she wasn't sure the county had a comprehensive list of marijuana providers.
"The issue is that with the dispensaries, since they come and go, it is not always possible to contact all of them," she said.
According to Kroner, no dispensaries have a permit from the county. Daisy Gaxiola, an office specialist for the county's business license bureau, said dispensaries didn't need business licenses to operate in unincorporated areas.
Sunset is set to be annexed in January by Huntington Beach, which doesn't permit marijuana dispensaries. That transition had previously raised questions among city officials regarding the businesses' fate after annexation, but the county's ruling now gives the dispensaries less than a month to operate legally.