The fact there are three initiatives concerning medical marijuana on L.A.'s May 21 ballot is a reminder that the proliferation of dispensaries is a complicated problem with a haze of proposed solutions.
ONTARIO, Calif. – The state of California has ordered a Southern California warehouse that processes the merchandise for Walmart and other retailers to pay 865 workers more than $1 million in stolen wages.
The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issued the citations Monday, Jan. 28 against Quetico, LLC, a large warehouse complex in Chino, California. Back wages and unpaid overtime total more than $1.1million and in addition the state issued about $200,000 in penalties.
Thousands in Los Angeles Unite in Largest Ever Rally to Stop “Walmartization” of L.A. Jobs
Protestors tell Walmart: “L.A.’s future won’t be bought off!”
In the largest-ever protest against Walmart, thousands of Southland residents marched through L.A.’s Chinatown to call for an end to the “Walmartization” of L.A.
Chinatown residents, community organizations, faith and labor leaders, MUSICIANS TOM MORELLO AND BEN HARPER, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DOLORES HUERTA, US CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU, L.A. LABOR LEADER MARIA ELENA DURAZO and union workers stood with Walmart associates and warehouse workers to call on the retailer to change the way it treats workers and communities.
City Clerk June Lagmay just announced that the proponents of a referendum to undo the Los Angeles City Council ban on medical marijuana outlets submitted enough signatures to force the issue. Or, as Lagmay's office puts it, "has achieved sufficiency."
The Los Angeles City Council first welcomed medical marijuana dispensaries, then tried to regulate them, then tried to ban them. The ban has now been suspended because opponents collected enough signatures to force a ballot referendum to overturn it, leaving the council with this quandary: Should it put the referendum on the ballot and hope to persuade voters to hold fast to a ban (and then figure out a way to enforce it); or should it lift the ban now, obviate the need for the public vote and then get back to the difficult work of drafting an effective and enforceable ordinance that both improves access for the medical patients who were the intended beneficiaries of the original law and protects neighborhoods from over-proliferation of poorly regulated dispensaries?
Whew. You can exhale now. Marijuana advocates who want you to be able to vote on overturning L.A.'s weed dispensary ban turned in their signatures this morning.
While they had yet to be verified, our understanding of the situation, seconded this morning by the L.A. City Attorney's office, is that Los Angeles' controversial prohibition on retail pot shops is now officially on hold unless the signatures or proper paperwork were deficient.
Proponents of medical marijuana say they have gathered enough signatures for the city clerk to force a ballot referendum to repeal the Los Angeles pot-shop ban. Ted Chen reports from Eagle Rock for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2012.
A referendum to repeal a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles appears to be headed for the ballot, with pot shop supporters saying Wednesday that they have collected nearly twice the signatures required to force a citywide vote and key City Council members signaling that they won't try to stop it.
Statement of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 President Rick Icaza:
We continue to support an ordinance that would allow the approximately 100 licensed and regulated dispensaries established before 2007 to continue to operate," said Rick Icaza, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the union representing medical cannabis dispensary workers. UFCW represents workers at 40 of Los Angeles' medical cannabis dispensaries, all licensed by the city.
Voters in the state of California overwhelmingly passed proposition 215 to give the sick and disabled access to this useful medicine," continued Icaza. "The city should not try to subvert the will of the voters and deny the sick and infirm relief in order to score political points. We should all work together to reach an agreement which will allow a small number of highly regulated, financially transparent dispensaries to operate in our city.
The motion passed to study ways to allow lawfully licensed pre-2007 dispensaries to continue to distribute medicine is the right approach. It would allow the city to crack down on rogue dispensaries violating laws and creating nuisances while allowing those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, muscular dystrophy and other painful and debilitating diseases to continue to receive their medicine.
We must act with compassion and guarantee safe access while at the same time enforcing the rule of law. A one size fits all approach denying the sick and infirm their relief is not the answer. As in much in life, if not politics, the answer lies in compromise. We urge the city council to set aside politics and create a real solution, one that preserves the right of the sick to their medicine in a safe and professional dispensary.
The Los Angeles City Council has decided that leaving medical marijuana dispensaries unregulated and uncontrolled is what is best for L.A. residents. On Tuesday, as reported by The Times, council members voted 14 to 0 to no longer be in the business of ensuring that dispensaries are well run and that patients have safe access to medicine.
Medical marijuana law is as twisted as the ends of a Canna Sutra spleef, so the Los Angeles City Council aims to act Tuesday to free the City of Angels from all the confusion and make our kids safe from designer cannabis. There's only one problem with the council's foolproof plan, dreamed up by Councilman Jose Huizar and backed by law-and-order City Atty. Carmen Trutanich: It can't possibly work.
Los Angeles City Council members are scheduled to vote on a citywide plan to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. on Tuesday, and activists on both sides of the battle came out in full force today to make their cases.
Backed by Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Mitchell Englander, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, the proposed ban would allow primary caregivers and patients to grow and transport marijuana, according to City News Service. Additionally, the measure would permit two to three patients to collectively grow and share cannabis in homes or apartments—not storefronts.