Los Angeles: City Council Votes For Cannabis Dispensary Ban

Los Angeles, CA: Members of the L.A. City Council on Tuesday voted 14 to zero in favor of a municipal measure that seeks to ban the presence of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has 30 days to sign the ordinance into law.

According to the Los Angeles Times, each of the 762 dispensaries that are now registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to close immediately. Those that do not comply may face legal action from the city.

The ban excludes collectives that consist of three persons or fewer.

Previous ordinances enacted by the L.A. City Council seeking to limit the establishment of dispensaries have been subject to litigation from cannabis advocates.

The pending ban would appear to be in conflict with a state Court of Appeals ruling, issued earlier this month, invalidating a 2010 Los Angeles County prohibition on dispensaries. That ruling, Los Angeles v Alternative Cannabis Collective, et al., held that the "County’s ban on all medical marijuana collectives or cooperatives cannot be deemed ‘consistent with this article,’ that is, California’s medical marijuana laws as enacted in the CUA (California Compassionate Use Act aka Prop. 215) and the MMP (Medical Marijuana Program Act aka Senate Bill 420)."

For more information, please visit: http://www.canorml.org.