Medical Marijuana: LA City Council Votes to Cap Medical Marijuana Dispensaries at 70

Under a measure passed Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city will shrink by more than 90%. The council voted to cap the number of dispensaries at 70, while recent estimates put the number of actually operating medical marijuana outlets in the city at between 800 and 1000. The vote is only the latest in the council’s torturous and twisted four-year effort to regulate the city’s booming medical marijuana retail industry. There were four dispensaries in the city when the council first tackled the issue in 2005. By the time the council issued a moratorium on new dispensaries in 2007, there were 186. In the past two years, their numbers have increased four-fold from there. Of the dispensaries that legally registered with the city prior to the moratorium, officials believe 137 are still open. Those establishments will be allowed to stay open, but may have to move to comply with restrictions on where they may locate. "I think we should hold true to those that followed the rules," said Councilman Dennis Zine, explaining why he voted to reward dispensaries that were legally registered. If Los Angeles actually does cap dispensaries at 70, that will mean roughly one dispensary for every 50,000 residents. In Oakland, the only other large city in the state to impose a cap, four dispensaries serve 100,000 residents each. Other, smaller, California cities with caps include Berkeley (one dispensary for each 34,000 residents), Palm Springs (one for each 24,000 residents), West Hollywood (one for every 9,000 residents), and Sebastopol (one for every 3,500 residents). The council will continue working on its medical marijuana dispensary regulation ordinance tomorrow (Wednesday), and could even see a final vote then.
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Monolopy?

OK, so let me get this straight. They are going to what hand pick the golden 70? Who picks which stay open and which have to close? What is the point at restricting the only new industry interested in California?
And more to the point, with all the other bs limits placed on these small biz owners, how the hell are they supposed to serve up 50,000 people each in a non-profit way?

I get that they see a problem and are trying to solve it, but how is that going to solve anything?

Ohh, and i hate this posting set up. Make it harder why don't yah1

Example for others

I think to make medical marijuana more palatable to the rest of the nation, California has to show it's not the "Wild West of Pot" that the media and law enforcement label it. Part of that is to have a reasonable amount of dispensaries per capita. I'm from the Bay Area, and most everyone here feels that the current amount of dispensaries can handle the local population. I've never seen or heard of collectives having issues serving up to 40k patients. Harborside Health Center in Oakland has 30,000 registered members and is extremely successful, while being good to its employees, patients and community. I understand why a lot of people would prefer a more unregulated system, but we should present ourselves as a prime example that others would want to emulate.

No caps.....

If the med-pot dispensaries are the only businesses that are about to be regulated,I think there is cause for a law suit.At the very least,let the ones that are now open,remain open.Talk about dumb shit to waste money on........but it seems the tax-payers don't really mind it.

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