An exemption that allows 18 medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate in the city of Long Beach, CA will expire in almost one month. That is, unless the City Council steps up at tomorrow’s meeting and follows Councilwoman Rae Gabelich’s lead in creating an ordinance that will extend the exemption and allow collectives to remain open.
Under Gabelich’s proposed ordinance, the exempt collectives would be able to remain in operation until a ruling comes down from the Supreme Court regarding Pack v. Long Beach, a lawsuit that argues the city’s licensing process for dispensaries is not legal.
In addition, any collectives that are not included on the list of 18 exempt collectives will be able to be shut down by law enforcement under the ordinance.
The six-month exemption is set to expire on August 12th. Should a total ban be put into place, the 18 dispensaries will be required to close immediately. This would force patients in Long Beach to either grow their own medicine, or travel farther distances in order to gain access to medical marijuana.
The City Council meeting can be attended by the public, or you can watch it online at www.longbeach.gov. The meeting will be held at 5 PM Tuesday, July 3rd, at the Council Chamber, City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.