LA Bars Medical Marijuana Shops Next To Residence
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LA Bars Medical Marijuana Shops Next To Residence
Posted by CN Staff on January 14, 2010 at 05:19:16 PT
By John Hoeffel
Source: Los Angeles Times
California -- The Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries next to residences, but rejected a proposal to keep them at least 500 feet away, which would have drastically limited the available locations.The council, however, put off a vote on the last contentious issue until Tuesday, when it will decide whether dispensaries must be 500 feet or 1,000 feet from so-called sensitive uses, such as schools, parks and religious institutions.
After a monthlong hiatus from the issue, the council had been expected to vote on the ordinance Wednesday."It leaves us nowhere," Councilman Jose Huizar said. "It's a huge disappointment."Hundreds of dispensaries have opened in Los Angeles, and city officials can do little to close them without a law.But council President Eric Garcetti, who delayed the vote until next week, said, "I think we really honed in on maybe even 99% of what's to be done. There is consensus on all the rest, so there will be an ordinance passed on Tuesday."More than 50 people, mostly medical marijuana supporters, addressed the council.Yamileth Bolanos, who operates PureLife Alternative Wellness Center on South La Cienega Boulevard, said she has been open for four years 139 feet from a school and has had no complaints. "It doesn't matter where you are, it's how you run your collective that matters," she said.Michael Larsen, public safety director for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, pressed for a 1,000-foot buffer."It's not about prohibition. It's about taking control of an out-of-control land-use situation which has made L.A. the laughingstock of the nation," he said.The ordinance caps the number of dispensaries at 70, but allows about 137 dispensaries that registered in 2007 and are still open in their original locations to stay in business. On Wednesday, the council also agreed to include registered dispensaries that moved after their landlords were threatened with felony prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Administration."That was a big thing," said Tarek Tabsh, who owns Gourmet Green Room in Venice and pressed for the exception. He said he was forced to move from North Hollywood.The change sparked concerns from Larsen and Huizar, who wanted to know how many more dispensaries it would allow. City officials said they think it will be only a few.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: John HoeffelPublished: January 14, 2010Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 14, 2010 at 14:42:32 PT
News Article From The Huffington Post Blog
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Comment #5 posted by ripit on January 14, 2010 at 09:34:53 PT
who does he think is laughing?
and why? ( "It's not about prohibition. It's about taking control of an out-of-control land-use situation which has made L.A. the laughingstock of the nation," )mr. larsen i call bullshit! just what exactly is out of control here? i'm laughing at him thinking to myself "just how out of touch can you get? 1 foot or 1,000 feet,distance really has nuthing to do with it, it's all about control,you have to have your way or it's no way right?if you think 500 feet matter in the slightest you deserved to be laughed at! just how would that help you by keeping them at 1'000 feet? if ya afraid the kids will see them? sorry but they see everything.if ya afraid of the dangerous bullets from all the criminals having shootouts and mugging granny to buy the green crack well then that 1,ooo feet wont matter there either, will it?! 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on January 14, 2010 at 08:37:27 PT
the lag 
I just thought about it some more - what the government does is to send in the "neighborhood association" and "public safety" people first, to parade in front of the media.Then they pass the fascist laws, and then a year later the jackbooted thugs in jumpsuits and body armor follow, when the media is covering the latest "balloon boy"
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on January 14, 2010 at 08:31:42 PT
sad times
Michael Larsen, public safety director for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, pressed for a 1,000-foot buffer.these people are like the Nazi's SS stormtroopers among us! Or the East German's Stasi. Americans don't realize that fascists aren't limited to a handfule of repressive historical regimes.  It's coded into the DNA of our species - there will always be 5-10% of us who feel an innate need to control and subjugate others. Our ability to resist tyranny is a test of our humanity. Every human society has faced this challenge. So far we're losing ground every year to these people. Maybe if these "neighborhood associations" and "public SAFETY directors" wore jumpsuits with big eagles on the lapel more Americans would get up off their couches and do something.
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Comment #2 posted by Had Enough on January 14, 2010 at 06:26:38 PT
12th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit in Miami
Saturday, January 16, 2010 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. Tobacco Road 626 South Miami Ave., Brickell Saturday, January 16, 2010 Ploppy Palace Productions and Tobacco Road will be hosting the 12th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert to raise funds for PUFMM’s (People United For Medical Marijuana), South Florida NORML’s (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and Patients Out Of Time’s medical marijuana campaign and the protection of patients’ rights. Currently there is a statewide petition drive to get the medical marijuana issue on the ballot to amend Florida's Constitution. As part of this three stage extravaganza, some of South Florida's top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together for patients’ and physicians’ right to use medical cannabisAs a testament to the diversity of supporters for this cause, there will be a broad variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, reggae, folk, vocal harmonies, hip-hop, funk, experimental, tribal rhythms, traditional Peruvian, flamenco, world beat fusion, psychedelic grooves and various interactive jamsIrvin Rosenfeld and Elvy Musikka, legal medical marijuana patients and Directors for Patients Out Of Time, will be describing their experiences with obtaining medical marijuana through the federal government.The 12th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert will also feature a selection of community speakers who will present information about the issues including Norm Kent - National NORML Board of Directors, Sara Yousuf - criminal defense attorney, Jeanne Baker - Florida State Board President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Jayne King from the Florida Green Party, Toni Latino, attorney from Borras & Latino, Michael Minardi P.A., Shawn Heller from the Florida Justice Institute, Ford Banister from Florida’s Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, Dr. Bob Mitchell, Robert Platshorn, author and convicted smuggler from the Black Tuna Gang, representatives of PUFMM, South Florida NORML and other concerned citizens.more...************Hey Florida...Don’t wait for the legislature...put it on the ballot yourselves...
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on January 14, 2010 at 05:45:13 PT
The kids, who will save the children!!!!
I wonder if the 1000 foot rule was in effect at Columbine?They probably didn't allow mmj at the Murrow building.....explosives either?There was a 1000 foot rule at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton Calif. 1989.I am pretty sure in 2006, the Amish Community Of Nickle Mines, Penn. did not have the 1000 foot rule but the town of Nickle Mines is void of all medication anyways. I could name at least three or four more disasters created by the violence of man in and around schools. I will swear on the honor on my pet tortoise, Petunia, that cannabis did not kill or injure anyone on any of these occasions and it has never been reported that cannabis has caused death or harm to any student on or off the campus.All the idiots in charge of protecting our kids, in every case failed! Now they want to lock people up for bringing into proximity of a school, a flower? It is long past time to shake out the ticks and fleas and get a fresh start!
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