Although marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes in California since 1996, you might not know it by looking at the new city ordinances being passed by City Attorney Trutanich with respect to medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives. This week, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has filed a complaint requesting a Temporary Restraining Order and Permanent Injunction against 135 medical cannabis collectives who were determined to be “ineligible” to register as a collective under the new ordinance. This latest city ordinance has clearly been passed in a blatant attempt to shut down, or prevent the operation of, numerous otherwise legitimate medical marijuana cooperatives and marijuana collectives all over Los Angeles County, and serves no additional legitimate governmental function or serves any compelling state interest. For the text of this new restrictive ordinance click here: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2008/08-0923_ord_181069.pdf.
The Los Angeles City Clerk's office actually issued a “Preliminary Priority List” which demonstrated that under 25% of all marijuana collectives in Los Angeles County who had applied for registration were eligible to operate under the new City criteria. Various issues which were cited as problematic by the City included: unauthorized location, changes in management, and background check concerns. Clearly, the struggle to enforce the criminal laws, which legalized medical marijuana in California over a decade ago, continues to be an embittered battle.
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