The Los Angeles City Council voted 13 to 1 today to ban all medical marijuana collectives in the city. The city is calling this a “gentle ban” because patients and caregivers will still be able to grow medical marijuana, but storefront locations are now outlawed. New collectives of up to 3 members will be allowed to work together to grow their medicine.
After the vote, marijuana supporters expressed their outrage. Supporters reportedly began yelling at council members and police officers.
There are an estimated 800 to 1,000 collectives currently operating in the city of Los Angeles. Many city residents complained that the over saturation of collectives was leading to increased crime in their neighborhoods. Over the course of the past 5 years, since a medical marijuana moratorium was put into place in the city, council members and city officials have struggled to regulate the booming medical marijuana industry.
In addition to the outright ban, a secondary proposal was also approved which could allow 182 compliant collectives to remain in operation throughout the city. With a 9 to 5 vote, the city council asked the planning commission to look at how they could possibly regulate the collectives that are registered with the city.
These collectives were initially opened before the 2007 city moratorium was put into place. The idea of allowing some collectives to remain in operation has been proposed in various forms in the past, so it is unclear as to whether the City Council will actually go this route, or if they will stick with the full ban.
The vote just occurred, and it is expected to go into effect in the next 45 to 90 days. It is expected that closure letters will begin going out to collective owners shortly.
Check back with NUGGETRY News as the situation continues to develop.