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Old 05-28-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Marijuana Dispensary Ban Considered at L.A. City Hall Tomorrow

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2...es_hearing.php

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Marijuana Dispensary Ban Considered at L.A. City Hall Tomorrow

Hope you're getting your rest this holiday weekend.
Because tomorrow's a big day for the medical marijuana scene in Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee will take up all facets of proposed bans on medical cannabis in town.

A complete obliteration of Los Angeles' famous and numerous pot shops is on the table. There are two options that the committee will consider for its endorsement:


1). Imposing a "gentle ban" (PDF) proposed by city Councilman Paul Koretz. According his language it's a ...

... more reasonable approach to compliance could include a limited immunity approach whereby the City proceeds forward with a ban on dispensaries but uses its prosecutorial discretion to abstain from any enforcement action against the limited number of dispensaries that do not violate a set of City Council imposed restrictions. This approach would protect neighborhoods while still assuring limited safe access for patients within the confines of ever evolving case law.
Seems that it remains to be seen how the survivors would be chosen.



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2). Banning all dispensaries until California Supreme Court weighs in on a Long Beach case (Pack v. City of Long Beach) that prohibited that city from regulating pot shops in a way that's being done in L.A. too (PDF).

In any case, a medical marijuana advocate told the Weekly over the weekend to expect "fireworks" at the PLUM committee meeting.

Pot supporters will be out in force.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall's Board of Public Works Roybal Hearing Room (Room 350), 200 N. Spring St. Info (PDF).
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ban the black market, open the doors to a free market god fucking dammit


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i dunno. was not there. i was posting it for my LA pals
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Not good news!

Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Author: Kate Linthicum

POT SHOP BAN MOVES AHEAD

L.A. Council Panel Also Advances a Counter-proposal That Would Spare About 100 Dispensaries.

A city Council committee moved forward with a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, approving a recommendation to outlaw storefront pot shops in Los Angeles while allowing small groups of patients and their primary caregivers to grow the drug on their own.

The proposed ban comes after years of legal wrangling over how the city should regulate distribution of the drug.

In 2007, the city imposed a moratorium on dispensaries, but a loophole allowed hundreds of new pot shops to proliferate. In reaction, lawmakers approved an ordinance two years ago that called for a lottery to limit which dispensaries should be allowed to operate.

But City Atty. Carmen Trutanich now says that ordinance should be revoked because it may violate federal law. The turning point was an appellate court ruling last year that Long Beach, which also imposed a lottery, was violating federal law by in effect sanctioning the distribution of drugs.

The proposed ban in L.A. would last at least until the California Supreme Court reviews the Long Beach case.

The ban has the strong backing of Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the Eagle Rock neighborhood where a heavy concentration of dispensaries has long riled residents. Huizar says revoking the current ordinance would limit the city's liability.

But medical marijuana advocates say the ban would unfairly limit access to the drug for patients who rely on it. They say the small collectives, which would be limited to three people, allowed under the proposed ban would be hard on those who do not have the time or expertise to cultivate the drug.

The advocates support a counter-proposal in which the city would ban most dispensaries but refrain from taking action against about 100 that opened before the 2007 moratorium and can meet a set of other regulations that would limit where they could locate and their hours of operation.

The counter-proposal has the backing of Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who spoke in favor of it at the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. Rosendahl's Westside district includes Venice, where there are nearly as many dispensaries as hot dog shacks.

He said the number of pot shops in L.A. "is out of control," but he said outlawing them outright would create more problems than it would solve because it would force the medical marijuana industry underground.

The committee, which includes Huizar, voted to move forward both the ban and the counter-proposal, although all three of its members said they favor a ban. One of them, Councilman Mitchell Englander, told medical marijuana advocates in the crowd that bad operators at some dispensaries have brought crime and have given the whole industry a bad name.

Englander's Public Safety Committee will consider the issue as soon as next week, after which it will be taken up by the full council.
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But City Atty. Carmen Trutanich now says that ordinance should be revoked because it may violate federal law. The turning point was an appellate court ruling last year that Long Beach, which also imposed a lottery, was violating federal law by in effect sanctioning the distribution of drugs.
States violate federal law right now by allowing medical marijuana, so why is this any different?
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exactly. wtf are they thinking. this is getting so ridiculous. If cali growers woulda voted yes on prop19 and legalized in 2010 we would not be having this issue. Me and about a thousand other people on icmag said this stupid shit was gonna happen 2 years ago. the pendulum is swinging back. we all saw this coming a mile away
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"The number of pot shops is out of control" Hahaha, gee, I wonder how many fucking bars there are in LA, where people have gotten drunk, driven their cars and killed somebody. Or gotten drunk, gotten in a fight and stabbed somebody, or gotten stabbed, or shot, or GAHHH what a fucking lost cause of a country..
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exactly. wtf are they thinking. this is getting so ridiculous. If cali growers woulda voted yes on prop19 and legalized in 2010 we would not be having this issue. Me and about a thousand other people on icmag said this stupid shit was gonna happen 2 years ago. the pendulum is swinging back. we all saw this coming a mile away
Agreed! The Karma of greed is coming full circle.
The people who voted to keep it illegal are now going to pay a price. And if Romney gets in office, and it looks like he will, all bets are off. He has promised to shut down 100 dispensaries in his first 100 days. Looks like the "war on drugs" is still in full swing.
Hard to believe. Defies all reason and logic. We were making progress, and then people got greedy. Sad.
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He has promised to shut down 100 dispensaries in his first 100 days.
Really???? He said that? I would love to read that story if you got a link...thanks!
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