FROM Eric Shevin
LA's Mixed Message to Marijuana Dispensaries The City of LA is always short of money, but the City Council is trying to cut off what sounds like a potential source of revenue. It wants the City Attorney to ask the finance office to stop issuing business-tax registration certificates to newly established marijuana dispensaries. Eric Shevin is a lawyer in Sherman Oaks who specializes in marijuana regulations.
Part 1: Medical Marijuana There’s less than a month left for hundreds of medical marijuana clinics to close their doors or face fines of up to 2500-dollars a day. What about patients who say they need their medicine? LA City officials are trying to tame the “Wild West of Weed” that resulted from their failure to regulate medical marijuana--which was legalized by voters in 1996 and clarified by the legislature in 2003. In the absence of city action, hundreds of clinics sprung up, and a new ordinance is aimed at closing most of them down. The City Attorney has ordered all but 186 to shut their doors by June 7th. Eric Shevin is a lawyer who says only a lawsuit will settle this once and for all…
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