Following Los Angeles’ ban on all medical marijuana collectives, the City Attorney’s Office is beginning to establish the system that will be used to safely close over 800 collectives in an orderly manner.
The closures will start in just over a month and will be handled in waves. The most egregious violators will be targeted to close first. City police and building inspectors will be sent in to facilitate the closures and make sure that all medical marijuana collective owners comply.
City officials are hoping that collective owners will voluntarily shut their doors, but if that is not the case, the city attorneys will use administrative and judicial processes to close the collectives that are considered to be the biggest nuisances to the public.
Jane Usher, assistant to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich explained, “We are complaint driven and so we will focus on dispensaries that have significant and repeat complaints. We won’t know who those are until we see who voluntarily closes.”
Medical marijuana collectives that choose to remain open could be charged $1,000 per day for violating municipal code. Owners who continue to operate illegally could also face misdemeanor charges.
Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana organization, is currently working to gather over 27,000 signatures to qualify for a referendum for the spring ballot that would ask voters to overturn the ban. If they had the petition certified, the ban would not be able to take effect until after the vote, which could extend the lifespan of storefront collectives in LA.