FROM Don Duncan
Medical Marijuana The City Council's effort to establish some order on medical marijuana in Los Angeles was Proposition D, which won big last night. But supporters of the competing Measure F are threatening court action. D will limit dispensaries to 130 or so, while F would have allowed a free market to work its will. Don Duncan is California Director of Americans for Safe Access (to medical marijuana).
Measure M: LA's Effort to Cash In on Medical Marijuana Measure M on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would impose a hefty business tax on medical marijuana. The ballot argument claims it would raise $10 million for everything from public safety to libraries to paving roads, alleys and sidewalks. But the language of the measure itself reminds voters that "the sale of marijuana is illegal." We hear why the City Council went ahead anyway and get the pros and cons.
Progress on the Medical Marijuana Ordinance Oakland and San Francisco tightly regulate sales of medical marijuana. So does West Hollywood, where the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says four legal dispensaries are free of crime and neighbors are not complaining. Los Angeles is another story, and today a joint city council committee -- no pun intended, took another stab at controlling an estimated 1000 dispensaries .
US Attorneys Told to Go after Pot Traffickers, Not Patients Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but 15 states, including California, have legalized it for medicinal use. Today US Attorney General Eric Holder reversed national policy and ordered federal authorities not to arrest or charge suppliers or users who conform to state laws. Los Angeles has more marijuana dispensaries than any place else, between 800 and 1000 — more than there are public schools. District Attorney Steve Cooley, who's up for re-election next year, says "about 100 percent…are operating illegally." That's because, he insists, they are making money. Cooley declined to appear tonight on WWLA?, as did City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who agrees with Cooley's conclusion.
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