L.A. Pot Shop Owners Vow To Overturn Ban

Aug 16, 2012

Med­ical mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary own­ers across Los Ange­les will be receiv­ing glum news in the mail this week: a let­ter from the city telling them it’s time to shut down. But despite threats of fines and jail time, some dis­pen­sary own­ers have vowed to stay open. They say they are work­ing hard to qual­ify a bal­lot mea­sure to over­turn the ban on store­front sales of med­ical mar­i­juana passed last month by the Los Ange­les City Coun­cil. The let­ter from the city, sent Tues­day from the office of City Atty. Car­men Tru­tanich, says dis­pen­saries have until Sept. 6 to com­ply with the ban. Shops that refuse to shut down may be sub­ject to penal­ties of $2,500 a day and up to six months in jail. Dis­pen­sary owner Yamileth Bolanos, who heads the Greater Los Ange­les Col­lec­tives Alliance, said she hadn’t got­ten the let­ter yet. But she was defi­ant: “I’m not shut­ting down.” Bolanos, who believes the city could have come up with a work­able pol­icy that would limit the num­ber of dis­pen­saries while also ensur­ing patients have access to the drug, said her group’s cur­rent focus is on col­lect­ing sig­na­tures for a voter ref­er­en­dum to over­turn the ban. The process of get­ting sig­na­tures has already begun, accord­ing to Don Dun­can, Cal­i­for­nia direc­tor for Amer­i­cans for Safe Access. He said about 27,500 peo­ple must sign the peti­tion for the ref­er­en­dum — or one-tenth of the vot­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the last may­oral elec­tion. Last month’s ban was seen as a turn­ing point in the city’s seem­ingly unend­ing bat­tle to reg­u­late the dis­tri­b­u­tion of med­ical mar­i­juana. It will out­law the esti­mated 1,000 or so store­front dis­pen­saries in the city, but it will still allow patients and their care­givers to grow and share mar­i­juana in groups of three peo­ple or fewer. From The LA Times Blog Source: Los Ange­les Times (CA) Pub­lished: August 16, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 Los Ange­les Times Con­tact: letters@​latimes.​com Web­site: http://​www​.latimes​.com/

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