Los Angeles City Council Rescinds Ban on Medical Marijuana Shops

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to repeal a new ban on medical marijuana shops. The vote leaves the city without any regulation of its estimated 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The ban was put into place earlier this year. Medical marijuana supporters recently gained enough signatures to place an initiative on the upcoming March ballot that would have repealed the ban. The city’s marijuana activists are increasingly organized and well funded, the newspaper notes.

Medical marijuana is permitted under California law, but its sale and use is considered a crime under federal law. Federal officials recently have been raiding Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries. Many of them have received letters ordering them to shut down within two weeks.

Council members who oppose the dispensaries said they will try to find other ways to shut them down, using existing laws. One council member called on the city to prosecute the shops for violating zoning laws, pointing out they are not on the city’s list of approved land uses.

Council members called for stricter regulations of doctors who provide patients with medical marijuana recommendations, and said patients should be required to show six months of medical history before they obtain a recommendation.

2 Responses to Los Angeles City Council Rescinds Ban on Medical Marijuana Shops

  1. perryrants | October 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    is this the only medicine that says toke as needed? how did this medicine become the only one that is not “regulated” a in dosing measures?

  2. Doug | October 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, the precise dose is not as crucial as it is with opiates, perryrants. In fact, the three examples I gave do kill when used to excess, which has not happened with mj to my knowledge. As for the politics of driving a medicine with thousands of years of history onto the black market, please accept that Reefer Madness was fiction.

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