LA Dispensary Crackdown Expected In May

Two Los Angeles City Council committees approved nearly $1,600 in fees for medical marijuana dispensaries, marking the beginning of the end for hundreds of pop shops that will be wiped out by a city ordinance that severely limits where they can operate.

The fees will fund criminal background checks for the shops’ managers, but they’re also the last component of the ordinance, with one councilman predicting that noncompliant shops will start being shut down in May. The fees still need to be approved by the ever-slow-moving city council, which has been facing an anarchic, blossoming medical marijuana scene in L.A.

City officials warned would-be pot-shop runners to register with the city now so the background checks can begin.

The City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management and Budget and Finance committees on Tuesday approved about $1,595 in registration fees. Councilman Ed Reyes said the city would hopefully begin enforcing its new medical marijuana dispensary rules in May.

About 545 shops are in operation in the city, according to a comprehensive count by LA Weekly (PDF). The City Council voted to reduce that to 187 and eventually 70. One way they’ll be weeded out: The shops must be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, churches and other “sensitive use” sites.

The pro-medical-marijuana group Americans for Safe Access has challenged the ordinance in court and now states that it might also seek a temporary restraining order to prevent any shops from being closed down under the law.

– Article from LA Weekly.



  1. keytoothed on

    The City Councils in LA, run mostly by neo-con nitwits, can push all the ordinances through in the dead of night they want, but, in the end, the war will be fought on the ballot. The people will end up doing what can’t be done through the “usual” legislative process, because their representatives are beholden to their corporate task-masters instead of the people.

  2. Anonymous on

    They’ll be weeded out LOL

  3. foam on

    that’s how corporate run gov works- you didn’t think they were going to just let anybody open one? land of the free? Free markets? these are all myths spouted on The Fourth of July or at The Olympics to instill the pride that justifys this corporate facsism. We need more principed leaders like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich

  4. Dave on

    Will they also shut down all the bars, liquor stores and pharmacies within 1000 feet from schools, churches and other “sensitive use” sites. Furthermore are they going to also subject these businesses staff to “background checks”? Oh and are they going to prosecute churches who serve liquor to minors? Will schools be permitted to sell caffeinated beverages?

  5. Anonymous on

    How do we know there won’t be favoritism in choosing the dispensaries that will remain open, are we only going to have the dispensaries owned by friends or relatives of the council members?
    or the clubs that donate the most during campaigns?