New L.A. law on medical marijuana shops faces hazy future
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Los Angeles voters took regulation of the city's medical marijuana shops into their own hands Tuesday, embracing a ballot measure to sharply reduce the number of dispensaries in the city.
But as in all things related to pot policy, the future of the new law is hazy.
Under the measure, only 135 dispensaries — those that were operating before a failed moratorium in 2007 — will be allowed to stay open. But enforcement could prove a monumental challenge as backers of a rival measure threaten lawsuits and city lawyers begin the long process of identifying all of the city's dispensaries and bringing them into compliance.
"Now the city has some work to do," said Steven Lubell, a medical marijuana attorney who supported the winning measure.
City officials, who have spent years struggling to regulate pot shops with little success, said they didn't know how many dispensaries were operating in Los Angeles. A recent police estimate put the number at around 700, but others said it could be more than double that. Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney, said once the results of Tuesday's election are certified, city lawyers will begin updating their database of dispensaries and sending letters to operators notifying them of the new law.
Those that opened before the moratorium will be required to be at least 600 feet from any school, park or child-care facility and pay 6% of their gross receipts in taxes. Those that opened after 2007 will be ordered to close
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
Bad news for LA Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - Voters strongly supported a ballot measure to sharply curtail the number of medical marijuana dispensaries permitted to operate in Los Angeles while boosting taxes on the sale of pot for health reasons, election returns early on Wednesday showed.
The proposal appeared headed for passage. Returns showed 63 percent of voters supporting it compared with 37 percent opposed, after tabulation of more than 40 percent of ballots cast at polling stations on Tuesday, and all of the mail-in ballots received as of last Friday.
Two rival measures seemed likely to be defeated, with "no" votes far surpassing "yes" votes for each.
At least 800 storefront medical cannabis shops are estimated to be operating in Los Angeles, more than in any other U.S. city, and some residents have complained that the dispensaries are a blight on their neighborhoods.
Proposition D, placed on Tuesday's ballot by the City Council, would cap the number of dispensaries allowed to remain open at 135, said Rigo Valdez, director of organizing for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, a union that supports the measure.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com
Big Vote This Tuesday In Los Angeles For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, May, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
There is a big vote this Tuesday in Los Angeles, California that will largely determine the future for medical marijuana dispensaries in the area. Below is a message that I received from my friends in Los Angeles:
On May 21 join Angelenos for Safe Access - a coalition of business, collectives, doctors and patients – in voting Yes on F and No on D.
Proposition D is a fraud that doesn’t work. Proposition D doesn’t protect minors, patients or the public. Ordinance F is the solution to create sustainable and healthy rules that would – regulate medical cannabis collectives in Los Angeles.
Ordinance F Saves Jobs: Proposition D wants to decrease the number of dispensaries, which would result in job loss. The estimated 750,000 legitimate medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles would be forced to crowd into less than 135 dispensaries. Only Ordinance F aims to maintain enough dispensaries so sick patients have easy access to their medicine and 70,000 jobs aren’t lost.
Ordinance F Requires Mandatory Backgrounds Checks On All Dispensary Employees: In the process of legalizing medical marijuana, Ordinance F wants to ensure that dispensaries are operated by law-abiding citizens, and not associated with any criminal activity. By assuring the community that dispensaries are being operated and inhabited by people who have no criminal record in the past 10 years we can eradicate criminals owning and operating dispensaries.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Voters To Decide Future Of Medical Marijuana In Los Angeles
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
In addition to the election of a new mayor next week, voters will also be deciding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles.
Measure D, Measure E, and Measure F have all been competing to set the rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, including how many will be allowed, where they will be allowed to locate, as well as what regulations they have to adhere to.
Los Angeles City Councilman, Bill Rosendahl, has surfaced as the leading force behind the campaign to pass Measure-D.
Rosendahl is a cancer survivor, and greatly credits medical marijuana with helping him to recover.
Read more: http://www.cannabisculture.com
Police close Palm Springs marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
PALM SPRINGS — Two medical marijuana dispensaries ordered by the court to close were visited Friday by Palm Springs police to ensure they were following orders.
The C.C.O.C. at 650 S. Oleander Road and THC (The Holistic Collective) at 2235 N. Palm Canyon Drive were issued notices on Wednesday that ordered them to close within 24-hours to avoid police enforcement.
Police showed up on Friday to make sure both places, neither of which has a city-approved permit to operate, were closed and had the locks on their doors changed to ensure the operators would not be able to reopen the dispensaries.
“We didn’t seize any property. We didn’t search,” said police Lt. Walter Combs.
“We went in and enforced that abatement order. They had a court order to leave,” he said.
There were no arrests, Combs added.
Read more: http://www.mydesert.com
AZ: North Phoenix Medical Marijuana Dispensary Now Open
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX, AZ — The Giving Tree Wellness Center, a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary and alternative therapy center, opened in North Phoenix on May 6, just south of the Deer Valley airport. The Giving Tree is the only state-licensed dispensary located in North Phoenix and offers a full time in-house medical doctor and onsite alternative treatment center.
The Giving Tree Wellness Center is owned and operated by two local North Phoenix women with a passion for alternative medical therapies. One of the owners is an actively practicing Emergency Medicine physician, and acts as the medical director of the dispensary and is present at the dispensary during business hours to assist patients.
“Our goal is to take care of patients providing the highest quality medical marijuana and an inviting atmosphere while giving back to the community and making Arizona Proud”, says one of the owners.
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net
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