By "Radical" Russ Belville
(KTLA News) The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposal to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county, which would cover territory with a population of 1.5 million people.
The motion is the first step toward reversing the county’s 4-year-old policy on the dispensaries, which are allowed with strict prohibitions on their location: They cannot be within 1,000 feet of churches, day-care centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools and other sensitive uses.
Some supervisors have expressed concern that the dispensaries could attract crime. Another factor weighing on them is the city of Los Angeles’ recent aggressive push to shut down dispensaries that are illegal under a city ordinance that took effect four weeks ago, raising concern that dispensary owners would be searching for a new home.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is also considering a similar ban at its meeting today.
How’s that “No on Prop 19″ working out for you, “Stoners Against Legalization”? You helped strike down an initiative that would have recognized a right to sell marijuana and would have prevented state and local agencies from interfering with lawfully cultivated cannabis. Sure, LA and OC weren’t likely to open up any Prop 19 recreational-use stores, but the language of 19 would have given existing medical-use stores some better ammunition in court to defend themselves.
Looks like you may have to drive to Oakland to get your marijuana anyway…