LA City Council repeals medical marijuana ban
October 05, 2012
Casey Delich, Daily Sundial
The Los Angeles City Council reversed the medicinal marijuana dispensary ban that was approved in July but never enacted on Oct. 3.
This action by the council leaves the city without any rules and regulations regarding the maintaining of dispensaries in the city.
By collecting tens of thousands of signatures, 50,000 by ASA’s estimates, well over the minimum 27,425 needed, the City Council was put to a decision on whether to rescind the ban or put it on the March ballot.
While the original ban is no longer going into effect, council members promised to find other ways to shut down what they consider a problem in Los Angeles neighborhoods. Local council member Mitch Englander called on prosecuting pot dispensaries for violating zoning laws, while other members still pushed for a restriction on which shops can stay open.
According to Englander’s website, in LA, any property use that is not explicitly identified in the zoning code is not permitted without a code variance, including retail marijuana stores. Therefore, all existing marijuana shops are now operating in violation of the city’s zoning code.
With multiple new ordinances put on the dispensaries since 2007, the city has dealt with hundreds of lawsuits from owners, according to published reports from the District Attorney’s Office.