Of the 106 unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries opened throughout the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, a 3rd have been shut down since a particular process drive was shaped final yr, based on a report introduced to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
However seventy five proceed to function and that is still troubling to Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district consists of one hundred twenty,000 individuals affected by a majority of these unlawful dispensaries.
The District Lawyer’s Workplace and county counsel beneficial a “surge technique” to shortly shut 26 dispensaries in four to six weeks. However the Board of Supervisors took no fast vote on the matter.
“In my district, which spans a big huge space in East Los Angeles, we have now seen a noticeable improve in these dispensaries,” Solis stated, including that residents proceed to deliver the difficulty to her consideration.
Solis stated the unlawful companies have popped up on main thoroughfares and close to faculties and provides to crime.
A number of of the almost 70 individuals who spoke out in the course of the public remark interval have been from her district and requested the board to do extra to implement the bans. However many others additionally cautioned the board to think about the well being advantages of hashish and to manage dispensaries as an alternative of lumping all of them as dangerous for the group.
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The county has had a everlasting ban on medical marijuana dispensaries since 2011. In June, the board voted to increase by one yr a short lived ban on state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that domesticate and distribute in unincorporated areas. The ban expires quickly however an ordinance can be introduced to the board subsequent month. As well as, the county is also engaged on a proposed ban on all leisure use of marijuana in these unincorporated areas. California voters in November permitted Proposition sixty four, which permits adults to make use of, develop, possess and protect marijuana statewide.
Of the seventy five unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries that remained open within the unincorporated areas, forty nine are about to be closed, based on members of the duty drive. A lot of the dispensaries, or sixty three, are in Solis’ district, which incorporates East Los Angeles.
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The unincorporated areas embrace greater than 2,600 sq. miles or sixty five % of Los Angeles County. About 1 million individuals reside in these areas.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger stated there’s one dispensary in her district that additionally holds events and is situated close to houses. She stated whereas she and different supervisors perceive that medical marijuana has advantages, extra must be accomplished to carry unlawful dispensaries accountable.
“There are good ones on the market which might be enjoying by the principles,” she stated of dispensaries. “However there are these on the market that would care much less concerning the guidelines,”