Thursday, August 16, 2012

L.A. Dispensary Operators Prepare to Play Chicken With the City

By David Downs
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The City of Los Angeles is making good on its attempt to ban an estimated 1,000 storefront dispensaries in city limits, Los Angeles Times' Kate Linthicum blogs today. On Tuesday, the city began sending out letters ordering weed storefronts to close by Sept. 6. Operators, however, remain defiant.

"I'm not shutting down," Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance head Yamileth Bolanos told Linthicum. The group is helping run a signature-gathering effort to send the ban to the ballot.

Medical marijuana dispensary supporters have thirty days from the publication of the ban to file the requisite number of signatures with the city clerk. Americans for Safe Access leader Don Duncan estimates the coalition will need about 28,000 signatures, which would be 10 percent of the total votes cast for all candidates for Mayor in the previous election.

"Voters would support a referendum," Duncan told Legalization Nation. "They just want to see it regulated properly."

A cannabis dispensary display case

Meanwhile, L.A. County's dispensary ban has been ruled illegal by an appellate court, Duncan said, and regulated systems are up and running in West Hollywood, Whitier, Venice Beach, and elsewhere in Southern California.

"Of course, things just carry on there."

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