The city of Los Angeles has released a list of 228 dispensaries and collectives that want to participate in the lottery that will choose 100 outlets to operate in the city. There is still no word on when the lottery will be held, and the city clerk’s executive officer said the process is “likely to take us a while.”

Not surprising that the city government that came up with this silly lottery idea will also take forever in getting it set up. But to leave such a large portion of the city’s economy to be dictated by something as random as a lottery seems ludicrous to me. The city couldn’t find some other criteria to pick businesses upon whom they will bestow the permission to operate?

And if a dispensary or collective qualifies for the lottery, why can’t they just be left open? At most that would leave 228 open, much less than the 700 or so that used to operate in L.A. If they qualify for the lottery they should qualify to stay in business, and that would cut out the need for the lottery at all.

Now is not the time to be restricting the economy; L.A. residents need more jobs, not less medical marijuana shops.

- Joe Klare

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  1. Jimmy"TheWinner"Fish

    Good argument. But what is up with the zoning issues? When it comes time for 100 dispensaries (or more) to play musical chairs within a 3 month span…it may get litigous. However, if the City Clerk, coordinated with Planning/Zoning, puts out a clear and comprehensive map (online) showing exactly where dispensaries can move to, will help tremendously. Further protection would be in the City providing an updated map as to where dispensaries can move to in real time, i.e. a play by play showing which spots cannot be chosen or have been selected as each dispensary registers their new location.

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