Pot Dispensaries in LA Operating Illegally – City Attorney Headed to Tie up the Courts Over This Again
Posted Oct 09 2009 10:01pm
Here we go again, more money spent on the marijuana subject again. I am neutral on this topic as far as pot itself and do not have a card and am not in medical need for relief and am not a user, but darn the money and time this is all taking and the waste that keeps going in and out of the courts.
Ok so it says the law states it can’t be sold over the counter, so what’s next, put it in vending machine, those are out there too. The folks who use it are even willing to pay taxes too, so is this maybe a matter of semantics to where the outcome will be to keep the stores open legally, but have them sell it from a vending machine?
What’s going to happen to the iPhone software that helps you find these places if you are in need? Ok that was a little punt there, but goes to show how engrained the system is and for me to ask how much money and effort is this all going to be worth.
I just don’t get it with all the money needed for healthcare and getting care for those in need, why do we spend money on something like this and tie up the courts with even more cases that end up being more of an OMG rather than a case of real importance. Again, spend money here to close them down or buy vending machines, but overlook the potential of maybe some tax revenue that could be generated. We already know now that prescription drugs are a bigger concern that pot as far as addiction to the general public. BD
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said today that all the medical marijuana dispensaries in the county are operating illegally, and that "they are going to be prosecuted." There are hundreds of dispensaries throughout the county, including as many as 800 in the city of Los Angeles, according to the city attorney's office. They operate under a 1996 voter initiative that allowed marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, and a subsequent state law that provided for collective cultivation.
Based on a state Supreme Court decision last year, Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich have concluded that over-the-counter sales are illegal. Most if not all of the dispensaries in the state operate on that basis. Cooley said his office had already begun preparing to prosecute a Culver City dispensary called Organica.