Yesterday voters in the city of Los Angeles approved ballot Measure D with nearly 63% of the vote, which will limit the number of dispensary and collectives in the city to those who were operating before the 2007 citywide moratorium; roughly 138 businesses.

Downtown Los Angeles and Palm Trees“At long last, after more than 7 years of trying to establish reasonable regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, patients can now expect safe and legal access to their medication,” said Don Duncan, California Director with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, about Measure D’s passage. “Yesterday’s vote, however, does not entitle the city to aggressively shut down disqualified dispensaries using criminal enforcement,” continued Duncan. “The city should allow dispensaries to voluntarily comply with the new law and rely on civil enforcement only if necessary.”

Backers of Measure F, a rival ballot proposition that would have not capped the number of dispensaries but set up tougher regulations for things like testing of medicine, said they aren’t giving up yet after their measure went down to defeat. David Welch, an attorney representing some of the dispensaries left out in the cold under Measure D said he is prepared to sue if D is declared a winner.

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– Joe Klare

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