L.A. Approves Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries; Advocates Vow to Overturn Decision

After the Los Angeles City Council voted this week to shut down the city’s 762 marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana advocates said they will work to overturn the ban.

The City Council also approved a seemingly contradictory proposal to allow 182 marijuana dispensaries that registered with the city under a 2007 ordinance to stay open, NBC News reports.

Under the ruling that shuts down the marijuana dispensaries, groups of up to three patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow their own medical marijuana. The ordinance also gives exemptions to hospices, licensed clinics and home-health agencies.

At least 850 marijuana stores are currently operating in Los Angeles, city officials estimate.

Americans for Safe Access, a national medical marijuana advocacy group, said in a statement they will seek a referendum to reverse the new law.

“This is an outrage that the City Council would think a reasonable solution to the distribution of medical marijuana would be to simply outlaw it altogether,” said Don Duncan, California director of the group. “The tens of thousands of patients harmed by this vote will not take it sitting down. We will campaign forcefully to overturn this poor decision by the council.”

Marina Turovsky, an attorney who represents marijuana dispensary owners and members, said some of them want to sue the city over the ban. She noted the ban could result in more dispensaries opening up in neighboring cities that still permit them.

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    July 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Both Leno and Kimmel joked that the thousands of people that get the medicinal marijuana are outranged AND so are the dozens of people who actually Need/desrve it! It IS A JOKE…Medical weed and Cali is a joke all over the nation. It is COMMON KNOWLEDGE that anyone with any illness/injury/excuse can get medicinal weed.It is also common knowledge that too much is getting into the hands of kids!

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