L.A. Shutters Over 400 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries The 420 Times Staff June 9, 2010 Exclusive Web ContentWhen you’re in a recession, you try to look for things you can do that will be proactive. Actions that will promote job growth. Apparently the members of the Los Angeles City Council are going to try a new approach.On June 7th new regulations went into effect that will severely regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. As a result it’s estimated that over 400 dispensaries will have to close their doors. That’s 400 viable, functioning businesses that will be forced to lay off their employees and cease functioning. An already crowded job market will now be flooded with more lost souls just trying to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.And what about the tax revenue generated by these businesses? Is this money no longer needed by the city of Los Angeles?Beyond that, imagine that you get your medication from Wal-Mart. Then imagine that Wal-Mart announces that it’s closing about 70% of its pharmacies. Wouldn’t that make it harder for someone to get their medication? Medication that in many instances is desperately needed?So by restricting medical marijuana dispensaries through zoning regulations (much the way many cities do with strip clubs and convicted sex offenders) the Los Angeles City Council is hurting the local economy, hurting their own revenues from taxes, and making it harder for sick people to obtain their medicine. It seems that putting a little effort into thinking of a better way would have been useful.As Deputy Director of NORML Paul Armentano said:“Medical cannabis dispensaries can be safely and positively integrated into the community in a way that addresses the legitimate concerns of law enforcement while at the same time maintaining the spirit of the law and properly meeting the needs of the patient population. Unfortunately, L.A.’s arbitrary and overly restrictive ordinance will do neither.”What is a more important task for the city council than making sure what they do is beneficial for the people of Los Angeles?Lawsuits are already flying. Subscribe to The 420 Times for continuing news on this story.City prosecutors release list of 439 medical marijuana dispensaries that must close [Updated]– Joe Klare 4 Responses Medical Marijuana in L.A. Goes Mobile | The 420 Times June 9, 2010 […] a result of recent regulations going into effect for medical marijuana dispensaries, entrepreneurs are already finding ways to deliver medicine to patients. Pot delivery services are […] Log in to Reply Funny June 10, 2010 Dispensaries paying taxes? I don’t think so! Don’t you know they keep two books?Also Cooley is all over the delivery services so the services will be put to a halt sooner then most think. Go figure. Log in to Reply Abe June 12, 2010 The Arizona Mexican Drug Cartel will now begin servicing those areas where collectives have been forced to close. According to a recent report Arizona is currently experiencing a mass exodus of illegal’s but the report didn’t say where they were headed…Los Angeles is illegal friendly and could easily absorb them, all the while without anyone even knowing it is happening. This model for disaster was designed by Steve Cooley, 2010 Republican candidate for California Attorney General (not) and his friends. Log in to Reply And 169 Want To Remain | The 420 Times June 14, 2010 […] now these represent the only hope of medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles. With over 400 dispensaries being forced to close, the same amount of patients will be filtered into about 75% less dispensaries. You can imagine […] Log in to ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.