Thank you to the staff at Councilman Paul Krekorian's office, Council District 2, for the following information on the ban of medial marijuana dispensaries in the city of Los Angeles, including our North Hollywood/NoHo Arts District community.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban storefront medical marijuana dispensaries, citing the adverse impacts resulting from an explosive growth of pot shops, now estimated to be around 1,000.
The 14-0 vote to ban the dispensaries would allow primary caregivers and patients to grow and transport marijuana. Small collectives of up to three patients would be able to grow and share cannabis, but not distribute it in storefronts.
The measure includes exemptions for hospices and licensed clinics, as well as facilities and home health agencies where patients get medical care or supportive services.
“The ordinance we enacted today preserves safe access to medical marijuana for those who need it, while also eliminating the outrageous explosion of storefront dispensaries in Los Angeles,” Councilmember Krekorian said. “This city has twice as many marijuana dispensaries as Starbucks Coffees, and that oversaturation clearly has impacted the quality of life in many of our neighborhoods. Today’s action will finally reign in the storefront dispensaries, without limiting safe access for medical use in healthcare settings.”
Once the ordinance is signed into law by the Mayor, which should happen within 10 days, the city will send out letters to each dispensary, alerting them to the new regulation during the 30 day period that will precede the effective date of the ban.
Once the ordinance becomes law, the LAPD will begin the process of enforcing it against the 762 clinics that have registered with the city. An additional 100 to 200 unregistered dispensaries are thought to be in operation across Los Angeles, according to the City Attorney’s office.
The council also agreed to advance a plan by Councilmember Paul Koretz that could eventually allow some of the 182 dispensaries that existed prior to 2007 (when the council placed a moratorium on new dispensaries) to operate under tightened regulation and would close all other dispensaries.
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