The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced yesterday that the city’s 1,000-plus medical marijuana collectives will need to cease operations and close their doors by September 6. If collective owners do not heed the deadline, they will face legal action.
In addition to the legal repercussions, collective owners will also face financial consequences. For each day that they remain open past the September 6 deadline, they will be fined $2,500 by the city.
Letters were sent to over 1,000 suspected collective locations and over 700 landlords, warning that both owners and landlords are liable if the dispensary remains open.
All collectives will be expected to close, but city officials have explained that police will initially target the collectives that have received the most complaints and make their way through the list to ensure that none remain open.
Under the new medical marijuana ordinance in the city, collectives are banned but patients may grow their own marijuana with one or two other patients.
Collective owners in the city are reacting to the impending closure date by gathering signatures in an attempt to get a referendum on the ballot to overturn the city’s ban. According to Don Duncan, Director of Americans for Safe Access California, “The tens of thousands of patients harmed by this vote will not take it sitting down. We will campaign forcefully to overturn this poor decision by the council.”