DEA To Help LAPD Shut Down Dispensaries In Los Angeles?
Joe | Aug 24, 2012 | Comments 5
On Wednesday Los Angeles City Council member Bernard Parks made a motion for the council to consider working with the DEA on enforcing the new citywide dispensary ban – it passed the council by a 10 to 0 vote. His motion instructs the LAPD to “work with the Federal government, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the District Attorney to create a citywide enforcement strategy to deal with medical marijuana collectives.”
The 420 Times contacted advocacy group American For Safe Access for comment on these recent developments. “The motion to enforce the city’s ban on dispensaries with the help of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is very troubling,” Kris Hermes, their Media Specialist, told us. “This type of collaborative effort between local and federal law enforcement is highly objectionable, but not unprecedented. However, the proposed effort to shut down hundreds of dispensaries at once would be a new and extremely harmful approach.
“Given the success so far of the referendum campaign to overturn the ban, the city would do better to wait before carrying out any enforcement activity. There’s a very good chance the city will be forced, sooner rather than later, to rescind the ban or to put the decision before the voters. Any aggressive raids or legal action would be premature to say the least.
“Notably, the city council motion was passed on the same day the California Supreme Court mooted the Pack v. City of Long Beach case, on which the Los Angeles dispensary ban is predicated. The rug has essentially been pulled out from under the city’s legal foundation it used to ban distribution. In other words, the city no longer has a pretext or a basis for its ban on dispensaries.”
It seems the L.A. City Council is overwhelmed by the prospect of shutting down some 1,000 functioning businesses, and they will obviously find a willing partner in the federal government. Such an incredible amount of resources to be used to destroy thousands of jobs.
The decent into madness continues.