L.A. Council To Discuss Medical Pot Ordinance
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L.A. Council To Discuss Medical Pot Ordinance
Posted by CN Staff on December 08, 2009 at 08:46:43 PT
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Source: Contra Costa Times
Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposed ordinance that would give qualified patients access to medical marijuana while shutting down hundreds of facilities in an effort to keep the drug away from recreational users.The latest version of the proposed ordinance prepared by the City Attorney's office is expected to undergo major revisions during Tuesday's deliberations.
It would allow only collectives -- groups of four or more qualified patients, their primary caregivers and ID-carrying members -- to cultivate medical marijuana. The collectives would have to be distributed geographically among the Los Angeles Police Department's 21 divisions.Each police division could have only one collective for every 57,000 residents within its boundaries. No more than 70 collectives would be allowed citywide.The proposed ordinance also requires collectives to be at least 500 feet away from any school, public park, religious institution, licensed child care facility, youth center, hospital or rehab facility, and at least 1,000 feet away from another collective. Collectives could not be next to a residential building.To adhere to the 1996 Compassionate Use Act and 2003 Medical Marijuana Program Act, which prohibited the sale of medical marijuana, the proposed ordinance allows "cash and in-kind contributions, reimbursements and reasonable compensation provided by members towards the collective's actual expenses for the growth, cultivation and provision of medical marijuana... in strict compliance with state law."It defines reasonable compensation as "compensation commensurate with wages paid to employees of IRS-qualified nonprofit organizations who have similar job descriptions and duties."To make sure collectives are not operating for profit, an independent certified public accountant would have to audit the collectives every year and submit the findings to the City Controller. Building and Safety inspectors and police officers would have to examine the location.However, authorities could not look into patients' records without a search warrant, subpoena or court order.The proposed ordinance requires collectives to be open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and enforce stringent security measures -- including bars on their windows, closed-circuit cameras, burglar alarms, and security guards patrolling a two-block radius around the location.As an additional precaution, collectives could not store more than $200 in cash overnight and would have to make twice daily bank drops.The proposed ordinance would bar collectives from having more than 5 pounds of dried marijuana or more than 100 plants of any size at their location.Qualified patients could not be a member of more than one collective, and no person could manage more than one collective in the city.Once it goes into effect, the proposed ordinance will shut down most of the estimated 1,000 dispensaries that have popped up across the city over the last two years by taking advantage of a legal loophole.The fate of the 186 collectives that opened legally -- before the City Council imposed a moratorium on them -- is still being decided.Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)Published: December 8, 2009Copyright: 2009 Bay Area News GroupContact: letters cctimes.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 08, 2009 at 17:17:11 PT
Related News From The LA Times Blog
L.A. City Council OKs Cap on Medical Marijuana DispensariesDecember 8, 2009 Seeking to bring the city's medical marijuana dispensary boom under tight control, the Los Angeles City Council decided today to cap the total number at 70, but to allow those that originally registered with the city to remain open.Under the city's 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, 186 registered with the city. Officials believe at least 137 of those remain open in their original locations. Under the motion adopted this afternoon, those dispensaries could stay open but could be required to move to comply with the ordinance's restrictions on where they may locate.URL:
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 08, 2009 at 14:50:05 PT
I know there are a few Democrats in power that stand with Conservatives but it is mostly Republicans that have fought us or we would be way further along since we   had 8 years of Republicans in power until 06 and 08.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on December 08, 2009 at 14:42:09 PT
CO news
US CO: Bill would impose stricter rules on dispensaries 
Webpage: 8 Dec 2009Source: Summit Daily News (CO)(It's not just the Republicans)
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on December 08, 2009 at 13:33:48 PT
 We are winning even "conservative" minds.... Rabbi backs PA medical marijuana
December 7, 9:31 AMPhiladelphia NORML ExaminerChris GoldsteinConservative Rabbi Eric Cytryn of Harrisburg was a surprise at legislative hearings on medical marijuana last week but also turned out to be a powerful voice in favor of safe cannabis access. On December 2, 2009 the PA House Health and Human Services Committee held the historic first hearings on HB 1393, the Barry Busch Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.Rabbi Cytryn appeared on a panel coordinated by Brian Gralnick from the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) that also included: Dr. Howard Swidler, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Warren Hospital, and former Montgomery County Commissioner Ruth Damsker.“I am here to state that Jewish values and ethics unequivocally support passage of HB 1393,” said Rabbi Cytryn.(snipped)
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 08, 2009 at 12:58:22 PT
News Article From The Huffington Post Blog
Medical Marijuana Reform: Summary Of Draft LegislationDecember 8, 2009DRAFT BILL FOR AN ACT101 CONCERNING REGULATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANADraft Bill SummaryColorado State Senate •The bill creates a state medical marijuana licensing authority (state licensing authority) in the Colorado Department of Revenue. The state licensing authority grants, refuses, and renews licenses for medical marijuana clinic licenses and medical marijuana grower licenses after the licensee has received a local license.URL:
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