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Thursday, October 1, 2009

L.A. Prosecutors Seek To Eradicate Marijuana Dispensaries

From an article today by John Hoeffel in the L.A. Times:

Next week, police officers and prosecutors from around the county plan to meet for a training lunch to discuss "the eradication of medical marijuana dispensaries." [...]

Despite skirting controversial issues, the planning committee did make progress on a draft ordinance. The proposal would require dispensaries to be at least 1,000 feet from schools, parks, libraries, religious institutions, child-care facilities, youth centers, hospitals, drug rehab centers and other collectives. That restriction could make it extremely difficult to find acceptable locations; city officials are still drawing maps to see whether it would work. The ordinance also restricts operating hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and requires that membership, cash flow and inventory records be available for inspection without a search warrant or court order.

When Californians approved Proposition 215 in 1996, they decided patients with a doctor's recommendation and their caregivers could possess and grow pot for the patient's medical use. The initiative said nothing about collectives. In 2003, the Legislature adopted a bill that attempted to clarify the initiative, allowing patients and caregivers to "associate within the State of California in order collectively or cooperatively to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes" and exempting them from prosecution for selling, transporting and distributing pot.

[Libertarian activist Steve Kubby played a key role in drafting and passing Prop 215.]

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