Medical Marijuana Under Siege in Los Angeles
Unlike their law enforcement colleagues at the Oakland Airport, cops in Los Angeles are having a hard time accepting the fact that Angelenos in particular and Californians in general want medical marijuana dispensed in their communities. It’s a classic case of control issues — police don’t like keeping their hands (and/or truncheons) off the legal week business. An ordinance up for passage, as supported by the LA district attorney, would severely limit the distribution of pot in traditional weederies, costing the already strapped city an estimated $36 to $74 million in sales tax. Marijuana advocate Dale Gieringer said the law would “effectively shut down the city’s marijuana distribution system by banning all sales of marijuana and sharply curtailing collectives’ ability to grow and obtain medicine.”
This crippling measure would cut production of dispensaries down to a trickle, only allowing each seller to grow enough MJ to serve a handful of consumers. What’s worse is that this measure also bans the sale of edibles! No more pot chocolate bars for your freezer. The ban’s poor conception may open it to legal challenges, though, because it unfairly punishes users of medical marijuana who don’t want to inhale and subject themselves to the dangers of smoke. All of this despite last week’s Mason-Dixon poll confirming that 77 percent of LA residents favor regulating marijuana dispensaries rather than banning them. Here’s an idea, LAPD: have a brownie and chill the f out.