LA Council Looks to Crack Down on Illegal Dispensaries

The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to bar officials from giving business tax certificates to new medical marijuana dispensaries, all of which are technically illegal under an ordinance voters passed two years ago.

Council members also want to force existing dispensaries renewing their registrations to attest under penalty of perjury that they meet the requirements of that ordinance (Proposition D), which only allows older MMJ businesses to operate, the Los Angeles Times reported.

City finance officials who hand out the tax certificates have asserted they aren’t authorized to investigate the legality of a business, and instead they take companies at their word, according to the Times report.

When voters approved Proposition D, city officials estimated that only around 130 dispensaries would qualify to remain open. Yet 447 marijuana businesses have renewed their registrations to pay business taxes this year, obtaining official certificates from the city, according to the Times.

In other words, scores of dispensaries are violating the law and remain open, and the city is giving the businesses legitimacy by granting them tax certificates.

Los Angeles has collected $4.4 million in taxes from dispensaries this year, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

One comment on “LA Council Looks to Crack Down on Illegal Dispensaries
  1. George Buzzetti on

    live in L.A. and am 67 and have devoluped a new smoking accessory. For my civil rights work I am currently under prosecution with perjured charges and all know it only I hold too much information.

    My information on this issue is that Chief of Police Charlie Beck is working with the power brokers who want to control the entire growing business as a part of their “Privatization” just like with schools.

    If you want to see how criminal Chief Beck and the entire LAPD Police Commission just go to and watch the first video. at minute 22:17 you hear “Mr. Koretz, now, Mr. Cedillo”, they are L.A. City Councilmen and were not there. The LAPD Police Commission and Chief Beck committed FELONIES when they erased the audio of the 5-5-15 LAPD Police Commission Meeting to prevent anyone from hearing me request finally a legal proper complaint against Chief Beck and the LAPD for not doing their legally required job concerning perjured testimony against me when I went to them as the legally responsible agencies. At minute 23:00 you see my lips move and no one speaks in the entire video not just me and even the LAPD Police Commercial at the end the audio is the L.A. City Council Meeting.

    The second video there is me telling the L.A. City Council and they could care less about the Chief of LAPD being a FELON.



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