L.A. Refuses to Ban Medical Marijuana Sales

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to allow dispensaries to continue selling medical marijuana, but the council is still considering a cap on the number of dispensaries allowed within the city limits.

LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who has declared war on the medical marijuana industry, had urged the council to pass an ordinance that would ban the selling of medical cannabis. Cooley and some other law enforcement officials insist that exchanging pot for cash violates state law governing medical marijuana collectives.

The City Council didn’t see it that way. In a seven-hour session Tuesday, the council stripped out language that would’ve banned sales, and replaced it with flexible language that allows cash sales and contributions, as long as they comply with state law.

Another ordinance, which would cap medical marijuana dispensaries in the city at 200 or less (down from a current estimate of 1,000) is still under consideration.

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The Washington Post, meanwhile, had an interesting update on the national debate over legalization. A recent Gallup Poll showed that 44 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana; it’s 53 percent in the West. Legalization advocates say the issue has taken off like never before. Full article here.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar BiggerThanYou says:

    Just yesterday (last week) the DEA removed old AMA documentation from their web site recommending cannabis be kept Schedule 1 because of the dangers.

    That point made, why is the Obama administration not taking their (AMA) recommendations since it would immediately soften the public's monetary tax burden.

    You were obviously using the AMA's previous recommendations to support the prohibition of cannabis, so what's up Mr. President, how come you won't use the AMA's current recommendation?

  2. Avatar Mokkie says:

    Please read This Post!
    The last line talks about research for PTSD.
    If not for cancer PT.
    Then how about medicine For our Troops returning from War.

    They felt the taxpayers should be informed that there was every legitimate reason for the field of public health to continue large scale research on cannabis medicine and therapies. All the participants, it seems, believed this. Many of them (such as Mechoulam) believed that cannabis would be one of the world’s major medicines by the mid-1980s. In March 1997, Mechoulam, in a speech at the Bio-Fach in Frankfurt, Germany, still believed that cannabis is the world’s best overall medicine. In 2006 Mechoulam started using cannabis to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  3. Avatar Hal Johnson says:

    That's a really interesting development. I suspect that both pro and anti medical marijuana factions felt that the outcome in L.A. would be key to how things go in the rest of the state.