In a move against patients, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city – even though a recent court decision have ruled against such a ban by cities.
Led by Coucilmember Huizar, the ban sets to abolish store-front dispensaries in Los Angeles that most patients use to get their medicine. In a move to appease medical marijuana patients, Huizar encourages patients to grow their own — but opponents say it is very hard to grow in a city as closely packed as Los Angeles and even more so if the person is very ill.
A second proposal was also voted on by the council to start a process for a softer ban by limiting dispensaries in the city to an approximately 180 pre-ICO dispensaries. This limited dispensary idea is only a proposal at this point and will have to circulate through the city departments for review before any type of final ordinance is brought back before the Council and voted on. This process could take months to see a vote.