L.A. County Moves To Ban Marijuana Dispensaries
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L.A. County Moves To Ban Marijuana Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on July 07, 2010 at 05:18:02 PT
By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Source: Los Angeles Times 
Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved Tuesday to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county, which would cover areas with a population of 1.5 million people.The motion is the first step toward reversing the county's 4-year-old policy on the dispensaries, which are allowed with strict prohibitions on their location: They cannot be within 1,000 feet of churches, daycare centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools and other sensitive uses.
To date, the county has not approved a single dispensary in an unincorporated area. One applicant was rejected, another withdrew its request and three others were being considered.The supervisors' action directs county staff to prepare an ordinance to implement the ban. It first needs to be considered by the Regional Planning Commission and then by the Board of Supervisors, a process that could take at least three or four months.Some supervisors are worried that more dispensaries are on the way, which they said could attract crime. Another factor was the city of Los Angeles' recent aggressive push to shut down dispensaries that are illegal under a city ordinance that took effect four weeks ago, raising concern that dispensary owners would be searching for a new home."It leaves the unincorporated portion vulnerable," said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, author of the motion. The board, he said, needs to protect residents' "safety and property values."Supervisor Gloria Molina expressed dismay at illegal pot dispensaries that have sprouted in Valinda."It takes anywhere from six months to a year to close one down that is started illegally," Molina said, asking staff to come back with suggestions on speeding up enforcement.While approving the motion, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky expressed strong objections to rewriting a law he said worked."It's the illegal ones that are driving everybody crazy," Yaroslavsky said.Barry Kramer, a medical cannabis patient who lives in L.A., urged supervisors to focus on targeting illegal clubs, rather than ones that want to operate legally."It's not the ordinance that's bad," Kramer said. "They definitely don't need to ban access to legitimate patients."Daryl Dittebrand, who lives in an unincorporated neighborhood near Arcadia, expressed opposition to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary 60 feet away from his home."I am fearful of what it's going to do to my neighborhood. I'm afraid of the crime, and I'm afraid of the potential for armed robbery," Dittebrand said.An initiative passed in 1996 and a state law adopted in 2003 allow patients and caregivers to form collectives to cultivate marijuana, but cities and counties have considerable power to regulate where dispensaries can operate. Some dispensaries have filed court challenges to those regulations.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:  Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles TimesPublished: July 7, 2010 Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 07, 2010 at 11:25:15 PT
Good News
Study: Pot Prices Could Plummet Post-LegalizationJuly 7, 2010San Francisco -- A new study says legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California could sharply drive down prices for the drug and possibly undercut the tax windfall that supporters have touted. 
The study published Wednesday by the RAND Drug Policy Research Center says "considerable uncertainty" surrounds the state ballot initiative. It would allow adults, 21 and over, to possess an ounce of marijuana and cities and counties to license and tax commercial pot sales. The authors predict that retail marijuana prices could drop from $375 an ounce under the state's current medical marijuana law to as low as $38 per ounce. According to the RAND analysis, consumers would pay more than that—about $91 an ounce—once taxes imposed by local governments are figured in.Copyright: 2010 Associated PressURL:
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on July 07, 2010 at 09:33:05 PT
A "good little American"....
"I am fearful"..."I'm afraid"..."I'm afraid"! Mr. Dittebrand is just another "good little American". Always afraid! Needing the politicians to control his thinking and tell him what to FEAR. Sheeple are SO easy to manage- just give them a boogieman- real or not- and they run in the direction that you want them to! Wonder if he'd be so afraid if a liquor or jewelry store opened 60 feet from his home? They are crime magnets, too, but they don't sell that "evil" herbal medicine! 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on July 07, 2010 at 06:59:19 PT
There ain't no boogyman!
I have read about people who harbor neurosis inside themselves like a pet. In other words, they need a boogeyman in their lives. It is obvious to me that humans have been inventing boogeyman forever.In our culture boogeymen are very useful to politicians and cops. Regular people need boogeyman just to have something to be vigilant about. If our survival instincts tell us to look out to survive then we will be looking out! We don't have any boogeyman around here, just plenty of good spirits who dwell here with us. US Federal boogeyman are particularly off limits here in Hunkeydoryville. We don't even believe in them!I can see how they sell the Plant as a bad thing, it is hard for me to understand how so many people are duped?Cannabis ain't no boogeyman!-BOO
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