…Offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.
Edgar Allan Poe
Well ladies and gentlemen, today was supposed to be the beginning of a new era for the city of Los Angeles California. Free from medical marijuana dispensaries, and the drug addled crime that surrounds them. Don’t worry about the liquor stores, the prostitutes and the street-corner drug dealers. Because your neighborhood’s downfall has all been the fault of medical marijuana. Not the unemployment issues, lack of opportunity or world wide recession.
Not so fast – after the Los Angeles city Council made the attempt at ridding the city of any and all medical marijuana collectives this past summer, medical marijuana patients and their advocates managed to bring that ban to a screeching halt and inspired other collective owners to move forward with lawsuits against the city of LA.
Since 2006 LA has been known throughout the country as a hotspot, the birthplace for medical marijuana, and the wonderful collectives that keep their shelves stocked with some of the finest marijuana in the country. As most Californians are well aware, patients which have gone through the process of attaining a medical marijuana recommendation from their doctor, can visit any one of these “pot shops” which offer a wide spectrum of marijuana genetics and edibles for their patients pleasure.
As thousands of these, not so discreet marijuana collectives cultivated deep roots throughout the city; it was not hard to pick out these collectives with their distinctive “green cross” hidden within the strip malls throughout the city.
Frustrated, disgusted and outmaneuvered by the marijuana advocates, the city officials threw up their hands in utter dismay. Then after a mind numbing series of never ending meetings – community gatherings – illegal police raids – and countless expensive lawsuits; the city Council had grown tired of the cat and mouse game, and passed in a 14 to 0 vote the ban that would do away with medical marijuana in the city of Los Angeles… Or at least so they thought.
Once the proposed ramifications of the outright ban against medical marijuana shops in LA has been fully digested and understood – Collective owners, dispensary workers, medical marijuana activists and union representatives who helped organize some of these collectives into a cohesive group started the long and arduous campaign of collecting approximately 50,000 patients signatures calling for the repeal of this moronic ban against a medicine, albeit alternative to most.
American for safe access spokesperson Don Duncan stated that they believed they had no choice but to take action and stand up for these patients. According to Mr. Duncan, and from what I’ve seen as well; the city of LA has had ambiguous regulations that have always been unclear, and hard to understand. After suffering for years at the hands of the LA police Dept. and their wanton disregard for the sanctity of prop 215 and SB 420 collectives, the community had had enough.
Once the city of Los Angeles’s has gone to the painstaking process of verifying each of these 50,000 individuals which had been collected by the pro-pot activists; residents in the city of Los Angeles will be allowed to vote in March on this extremely important referendum.
In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate… As the city of Los Angeles and their medical marijuana ban has officially been put into a “timeout.”