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Los Angeles Voters to Decide on Two Competing Medical Marijuana Initiatives


Advocates for two competing medical marijuana measures in Los Angeles have gathered enough signatures to have the initiatives appear on the May ballot. Both measures aim to manage growth of medical marijuana shops, according to NBC News.

In October, the Los Angeles City Council reversed a ban on medical marijuana shops, which they had passed earlier in the year.

One initiative that qualified for the ballot last week proposes that medical marijuana shops should be allowed to operate, if they pass background checks and meet strict standards for operating and zoning. The measure also would raise taxes on medical marijuana by 20 percent, to cover costs for regulating the industry.

The other measure, which also qualified for the ballot last week, would require most of the city’s marijuana dispensaries to close—except for the 100 that opened before September 2007, when the city imposed a moratorium on the new stores.

The city did not enforce the moratorium, because of strong opposition. In 2012, there were an estimated 1,000 marijuana shops throughout the city, according to NBC News.

Medical marijuana is legal under California law. Under federal law, it is illegal to possess and sell marijuana.

3 Responses to this article

  1. DJ / January 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

    If marijuana in Los Angeles is really for necessary medical purposes why is anyone considering a 20% tax? We don’t tax that high of a rate for other perscription drugs. This isn’t about true medical need these are controls which might be necessary for recreational use. What is really happening here?

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    Patrick / January 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Why doesn’t anyone read these initiatives? The initiative that Arron green supports will make everyone illegal by the wording they chose. Read the initiative and see it mentions being authorized by state and FEDERAL law. WHAT? Which gen…ius wrote this. Ohh, the infamous David Welch? The attorney who is representing hundreds of collectives yet has no malpractice insurance?

    Read the last paragraph of the second initiative and you will see that this is the first voters initiative that gives full power back to the city to change it at will.

    Someone needs to investigate David welch and what his backround is. I have a lawsuit against him for legal malpractice, so from what I know he has no insurance. He offered his services to me for free then screwed me, is there anyone else out there with a similar story?

    Beware of people who say they are protecting patients like Yami, she set up 250 feet from an elementry school and charges top dollar for meds. I am sick of the medical marijuana actorvists, they are not activists, and I will be calling spades in the next couple of months.

  3. jboside / January 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    The voters can vote no on each initiatives like what happened in the City of La Mesa Ca. and not have any. Wake up and stop this hoax.

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