D-Day in LA: City Council Poised to Vote on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

The future of medical cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles hangs in the balance today, with local officials set to debate – and likely vote on – a contentious proposal to ban marijuana centers in the city.

If the Los Angeles City Council shoots down the measure, it will likely be business as usual for the hundreds of dispensaries, grow operations and related businesses in the area.

If council members vote in favor of the proposal, however, the city’s medical cannabis infrastructure will crumble literally overnight. A ban would lead to thousands of layoffs and eliminate a major MMJ market, hurting the industry as a whole and exacerbating the dire situation in California, which has seen its medical marijuana industry shrivel considerably. Dispensaries in Los Angeles would likely be given a grace period of a few weeks or months to wrap everything up and prepare to close.

There’s a third option as well: Council members could approve a counter proposal that would allow 100 dispensaries to remain open.

There appears to be plenty of support on the council for an outright ban, and some community, residential, neighborhood and law enforcement groups have come out in support of such a move. So, realistically, the counter proposal might be the best hope for the industry.

No matter what the council decides, though, the outcome could only be temporary, as the state Supreme Court will eventually weigh in on whether cities have the right to regulate dispensaries. Additionally, the legality of an outright ban is unclear. Earlier this month, an appeals court overturned a ban in Los Angeles County, saying that such a move conflicts with the state’s MMJ laws.

One comment on “D-Day in LA: City Council Poised to Vote on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban
  1. kc on

    i agree with the intent of most of the comments; however, amendment 64 (recreational) in Colorado has the potential to force the FEDS to shut down ALL mmj centers (recreational & medical.)

    to put it in chess terms, Colorado and California are the king and queen of marijuana industry development.

    indeed, i would argue that Colorado offers the most revolutionary marijuana business model in the world. as in Cali, so be it in Colorado.

    legalization efforts could backfire and lead to the sacrifice the king and queen of marijuana in America.

    in Cali, we can see that action produces reaction.

    today, la city council voted to ban medical marijuana businesses. in less than 40 days, what was once 850 MMJ centers could be down to 0 (they may allow 100 or so to stay, keyword ‘may’.)

    let’s support decriminalization efforts across the nation – but preserve (and protect) medical marijuana in Colorado.

    how much does it cost to shut down a marijuana business? 44 cents. history has shown us in Cali and Colorado that all it takes is one letter and a stamp to a landlord – and everything that family or business had invested can be taken overnight.

    ok, now slaughter me on the altar of online comment threads.

    but remember, i agree with you. legalization will come – but it must be played like a master chess if we are to win the war.

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