On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council is set to vote on a potential medical marijuana collective ban.
The impending vote sparked debate among dispensary opponents and advocates.
A group in support of the ban held a press conference on Monday t0 discuss the problems associated with dispensaries in the city. Among those at the conference were parents, a drug counselor, and a priest. One mother spoke out against collectives, explaining that she had to push her baby’s stroller through “clouds of marijuana smoke” near collectives in her neighborhood.
At the same time, medical marijuana supporters gathered together to oppose the ban. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, dispensary volunteers, and medical marijuana patients all gathered together to celebrate the benefits of medical marijuana and demonstrate that an outright ban is unfair to patients.
Should the ban pass, Los Angeles’ 800 collectives would be forced to close. Councilman Paul Koretz has brought forward a counter proposal that would allow 100 collectives to remain open under special restrictions.
There is currently a case being reviewed by the Supreme Court that could prohibit cities from forcing the closure of medical marijuana collectives. Should the banning of dispensaries be deemed illegal by the Supreme Court, LA’s decision could be overturned. However, a decision is not expected to come down from the Supreme Court for months, so today’s vote has the potential to greatly impact Los Angeles’ medical marijuana community in the immediate future.