Councilman Jose Huizar: Marijuana Dispensary Ban Faces Los Angeles City Council Vote

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  1. Councilman Jose Huizar: Marijuana Dispensary Ban Faces Los Angeles City Council Vote
    HuffingtonPost / Kathleen Miles / 11,23,2011

    Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a motion Wednesday to ban all marijuana dispensaries in the city.

    Huizar told the Huffington Post that the city has failed to enforce its ordinance restricting dispensaries, resulting in a proliferation of "pot shops" operating without a permit or without following ordinance rules.

    Furthermore, Huizar pointed to the November District Court of Appeal "Pack" case in Long Beach, which ruled that Long Beach's marijuana dispensary ordinance was invalid because federal law considers cannabis an illegal drug. Huizar explained, "Because Long Beach's ordinance is very similar to LA's ordinance, the Long Beach ruling deems our ordinance unenforceable."

    The dispensary ordinance that the city passed in January 2010 mandates how many dispensaries can exist; how far they should be from one another and "sensitive use" areas such as libraries and churches; safety measures such as money drop offs and security guards; and other restrictions. Huizar told HuffPost that the ordinance brought the number of dispensaries in Los Angeles from 800 to 300. He said, "I'm concerned that without an enforceable ordinance and with the thousands of dollars these dispensaries make, we will see pot shops pop up again everywhere if we do nothing. Neighborhoods are already complaining about nearby dispensaries, and it will only get worse."

    Huizar's solution is to ban dispensaries until the California Supreme Court rules on the legality of the city's ordinance. "Assuming the Court takes up the ruling in January," Huizar stated, "It will take six months to two years for a ruling. We can't sit, wait and do nothing in the interim."
    The Councilman was clear that he supports the state's Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (or Proposition 215), which ensures access to medical marijuana for patients who need it. "Once dispensaries are closed, patients will be able to cultivate their own marijuana or have a caregiver cultivate it," Huizar stated.

    The measure, however, faces strong opposition from marijuana activists. Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access, called the proposal a "disaster," Patch North Hollywood reports. He told Patch, "It's a worst-case scenario. This is just going to force patients to buy medical cannabis from gangsters or other black-market sources." Referring to the council's previous protection of cannabis dispensaries, Duncan commented, "This seems like an about face and a betrayal."

    The measure is expected to reach City Council for a vote within a month. As the Los Angeles Times reports, it is unclear if the council will approve the ban, since council members have generally supported dispensary-access to marijuana. If it does pass, the ban could go into affect in about two months.

    This should make the cartels and street gangs very happy. :eek:
  2. I don't understand their decision process. But this article made me think about something. Why do we have dispensaries in the first place? They said themselves that patients who need herb can still grow it their selves or have a caretaker grow it for them. Wouldnt you rather grow your own bud and know how its been cared for? I know i would. I feel like the dispensary is pointless, that's how I've always felt.

  3. I am afraid society has become to entrenched in the drive-thru.

    Just as with beer and wine,,very few people will grow their own when it becomes legal,,because we have become accustomed to buying our needs with as little fuss or effort as possible.
  4. :smoke: There will always be people that grow for hobby and art.

  5. I bet you a lot more people will start growing since it will be LEGAL and they will not have to pay for their medicine.. hehehehehe
  6. What about the dispensaries that do obey the laws and have the proper permits. Some people Especially sick people can't grow there own. Some don't have people that can be there caregiver.

    Also why wouldn't the city enforce the laws? What would happen if they didn't enforce the pharmacies to abide by any laws.

    The people voted to have the right to medical marijuana. We are also gauranteed the right under the constitution to take whatever medicine a Physician percribes.

    Sounds like more politicians fucking with our rights!

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