Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Collectives Likely to Close in Waves

 by lucy

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.



7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    ganjaherbtoker said on Jul 26, 2012

    Damn, this is terrible.

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    axonmiracle said on Jul 27, 2012

    Obviously i dont have accurate numbers, but you have think that between the actual locations, and the growers they buy from,that this is going to cause some serious numbers of people to lose their jobs. Hell if each store front had five employees that's 4000 lost jobs, Jane usher your a cunt. And to every other official who allowed this to happen you fail and life.

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    dallas said on Jul 27, 2012

    But at least Cali has a cross state hi speed train coming in 20 years or so…

    Let the lawsuits begin…

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    Elvers said on Jul 27, 2012

    what happen'd to the court of appeals that said you guy's were legal to stay in business????!!!!!!

  5. 0

    Elvers said on Jul 27, 2012

    I definitely would like the answer to that one!!!

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    Elvers said on Jul 27, 2012

    are these guy's above the law? and above a Judge???

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    DecoyOctopus said on Jul 27, 2012

    All talk, the state of California doesn't have the money to pay for all the court fee's they'd have to deal with for closing all the collectives in LA. There is way too much money for them too not just tax the collectives and keep their mouths shut.

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