On Friday, a group of medical marijuana advocates announced that they are suing the city of Los Angeles to stop the impending ban on medical marijuana collectives.
Patient Care Alliance, a medical marijuana trade group, has filed a suit to allege that the dispensary ban violates the constitutional right of freedom of assembly.
The leader of PCA, Marc O’Hara, said that the ordinance is “heartless” and denies patients the right to come together and care for one another. In addition to banning collectives, the city’s ordinance also prohibits groups of more than three people from growing marijuana together.
In addition to the lawsuit, other groups are also working to have the ban repealed. Americans for Safe Access and the Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance are working together with a medical marijuana labor union to collect signatures to stop the ban. For the referendum to take place, the groups need to collect almost 27,500 signatures.
The city of Los Angeles’ Special Asst. City Atty. Jane Usher said the city has not yet seen the lawsuit and they have no comment on the matter.