MMJ Meltdown in Los Angeles a Possibility as Proposal to Ban Cannabis Dispensaries Gains Steam

, MMJ Meltdown in Los Angeles a Possibility as Proposal to Ban Cannabis Dispensaries Gains Steam

The Los Angeles medical marijuana industry is bracing itself for the possibility of a complete ban on storefront cannabis dispensaries as the idea gains traction among local officials.

A three-person City Council planning committee voted in favor of a proposal that would force the hundreds of medical marijuana centers in Los Angeles to close and prevent new ones from opening. The proposal now moves to a public safety committee and will then head to the full council for a final vote.

A ban on storefront dispensaries is the worst-case scenario for medical marijuana in Los Angeles – the biggest MMJ market in the country – and could have a huge impact on the national cannabis industry.

If approved, the ban would:

– Effectively spell the end of the MMJ industry in Los Angeles as we know it. Business opportunities for medical marijuana entrepreneurs would dry up, and those that stay in the game would have to focus on caregivers and home growers.

– Lead to thousands of direct and indirect job losses at dispensaries and the companies that provide them with products and services. That, in turn, would ripple through the city. Those newly unemployed residents would cut back spending on everything from eating out to entertainment, hurting other local businesses.

– Shift the epicenter of the medical marijuana industry from California to Colorado. Several large cities across California have enacted dispensary bans over the past year, while others have introduced moratoriums. The California MMJ industry is now a shell of its former self and seems to be getting smaller by the day. There’s been some contraction in Colorado, too, but not to the same degree. Colorado still has roughly 650 storefront dispensaries and appears much more stable on the medical marijuana front than California.

– Hurt the medical marijuana movement in general, as losing such a huge market could affect MMJ efforts in other states.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s unclear if there’s enough support for an outright ban on dispensaries in the full council, which has typically been lenient with the industry. The City Council committee also advanced a counterproposal that would allow 100 dispensaries to remain open – which some MMJ advocates support.

4 comments on “MMJ Meltdown in Los Angeles a Possibility as Proposal to Ban Cannabis Dispensaries Gains Steam
  1. William A Wigle on

    California needs to do what Oregon dod in their att. Gen. office. If they don’t want to co-operate then vote them out. After a while the politicions might learn that if they want their position, then they had better listen to the majority. of the voters that is.

  2. Justin Michels on

    City officials and others would do well to look at what’s happened in Montana since our government decimated the industry by enacting crazy restrictions. Thousands of jobs have been lost, lawsuits and indictments are clogging our courts; while people are forced either to the black market or more dangerous (and often more expensive) pharmaceutical concoctions. Limiting medical freedom is not just a destructive policy, it is a clear violation of basic human rights. Closing dispensaries only fuels the black market and its vicious nature.

  3. MMJBusinessAcademy on

    As an investor in Colorado, I’ll add my 2 cents and see if a dime comes out.

    Having the MMED in Colorado at least gives us, small business owners, investors, and growers a rule book to play by.

    1. Does creating an MMED or Bureau help provide protection?

    Nothing provides protection until it is legalized; however, it does provide some stability and predictability. If you want protection, sell condoms.

    The more stability a market has = the greater the chance the market can predictably grow.

    More change = less stability – less investment and growth.

    Stability and growth = investment, jobs, new technologies, and so on.

    2. Does creating the MMED help the market?

    Time will tell; however, since the MMED was established, Colorado and specifically Colorado Springs has become the new “Silicon Valley” of medical marijuana industry development.

    I favor full legalization; yet today’s Supreme Court is not balanced to support legalization.

    It is my humble suggestions, that we let the States and small businesses work within the realm of medical marijuana and let the market develop, stabilize, and then approach full legalization.

    The ban on new medical marijuana centers ends June 30th. Thinking about MMJ? Come to the Rockies. It offer the most stability of all 17 States in my opinion.

    KC @

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