“Humpty Dumpty formed a nonprofit Org, had a great collective and paid taxes,
Humpty Dumpty had a great shove off the wall (by the L.A. City Council)
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t stop Humpty from opening again.”
- while that may not be the way this colloquial 15th century English nursery rhyme goes… it works for me in this instance.
The tides of politics are a very fickle thing. Yesterday July 24, the L.A. City Council will go down in history as a complete and unfathomable joke. Spineless to the end and unfit to serve.
The fact that the nation’s 2nd biggest city and their lawmakers felt they were being held hostage by hundreds of medical marijuana collectives which had cultivated deep roots within the downtown Los Angeles area. Lead the City Council to wallow a grip of hubris so powerful that they voted for an outright ban on all MMJ clubs in a 14 – 0 vote. Forgetting or ignoring, I’m not sure which about Ca. state prop 215 and SB 420, which clearly states that local municipalities cannot just “Ban” collectives.
· Clarify the scope of the application of the act and facilitate the prompt identification of qualified patients and their designated primary caregivers in order to avoid unnecessary arrest and prosecution of these individuals and provide needed guidance to law enforcement officers.
· Promote uniform and consistent application of the act among the counties within the state.
(3)Enhance the access of patients and caregivers to medical marijuana through collective, cooperative cultivation projects.
The lopsided 14 to 0 vote angered the already excited and under medicated crowd into a nearly pitchforked mob like frenzy. Releasing angry, profanity laced verbiage directed at the Los Angeles city Council for their moment of ignorance. Words like “devious” and “treachery” were heard throughout the city council chambers.
The mayor of Los Angeles – Antonia Villaraigosa; just after the meeting adjourned had mumbled something about his willingness to sign the ordinance, that would ban the medical marijuana collectives from the downtown area. So 30 days from the moment the ink dries on paper, this ban will go into effect and the local marijuana collectives will be a thing of the past. Minus of course… the lawsuits.
So now the monumental task is faced by the city of Los Angeles, to notify the more than 900 medical marijuana collectives within the affected area. That its time to batten down the hatches, ‘cause there’s a storm front on the horizon… and it’s closing in on them quickly. In order to receive shelter from the coming legal storm, the time has come for them to plunk down fat wads of cash, lawyer up, and hope that the California 2nd District Court of Appeals comes to their rescue.
In the past the city council has had many opportunities to deal with the inconsistencies between an mmj collectives words and their actions. Yet – when the opportunity has arisen for them to show leadership, they instead have chosen to be A.W.O.L., M.I.A., absent from the helm of this community. No guidance in providing safe access to affordable medicines, for which legitimate medical marijuana patients will now desperately be in need.
This most recent ban on the medical marijuana industry in a state which allows for marijuana collectives caps off a very few confusing time for California medical marijuana patients. In 1996 medical marijuana was approved by the voters for medicinal use, by patients of who have seen a CA. state board certified doctor and have received a medical marijuana recommendation. Since that time it is been a confusing patchwork of local municipalities along with the four state attorney generals, in conjunction with the Department of Justice causing much confusion. The three governmental entities working together, to create an atmosphere of confusion and anxiety for those that have chosen to operate one of these medicinal clubs. After watching many states, waste millions of dollars, on senseless lawsuits the U.S. Supreme Court has finally decided to step into the fray and attempt to put some parameters around medical marijuana and just what type of access its sick citizens shall have to it.
Word to the wise… the last time I checked these were publicly elected officials and can be held accountable on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. … make sure to “let ’em know how you feel.”