A heated discussion took place at the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday when the topic of medical marijuana dispensaries brought out passions from some members as Councilman Paul Koretz proposed what was called a “gentle ban” on medical marijuana dispensaries that would close many dispensaries but allow some to operate under strict city regulations.
The proposal would also allow patients to grow their own medicine and share it with others through collectives. But Koretz’s apparent attempt at compromise was met with anger from Councilman Jose Huizar, who wants all dispensaries banned.
“Two weeks ago, in closed session, we had a very level-headed discussion and a good decision on the direction our city attorney should take,” Huizar said.
The issue now goes back to the city’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee for more study, delaying a decision from the council for now.
While many patients do grow their own, there are clearly some who can’t for whatever reason. Those patients need someone to be able to purchase their medicine just like every other adult human being. An outright ban on dispensaries would be discrimination in its ugliest form, against those who can’t defend themselves.