Why L.A. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open Today

Los Angeles’ ban on storefront medical marijuana dispensaries was set to take effect today, that is until a group of activists presented approximately 50,000 signatures to the city on August 30 in opposition of the ordinance.

The City Clerk’s Office is busy verifying the signatures, which means that the “Gentle Ban” has been placed on hold. A message from City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich, dated September 5, explains the moratorium:

From the date the referendum petition was received and throughout the time it will take for the City Clerk to verify the signatures on the referendum petition (estimated 15-45 days), the City Attorney’s Office will not enforce Ordinance 182190. The ordinance may or may not remain suspended after the City Clerk’s review depending on whether the City Clerk determines that the petition contains the required number of valid voter signatures.

The message continues to state that “the business of medical marijuana continues to be an unpermitted land use in the City.” Trutanich’s memo in its entirety is included below.

A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered city voters are required to move the issue to the March ballot.

– Read the entire article at LAist.