Article by Mike Adams, Merry Jane
Medical marijuana dispensaries all over Los Angeles could soon be subject to raids and other unsavory law enforcement shakedown tactics if a proposal being heard this week by the LA County Board of Supervisors comes to pass.
On Wednesday, a plan is being considered that could shut the doors on all of the marijuana dispensaries operating in unincorporated areas of the Los Angeles. If the measure proves successful, local marijuana advocates say that as many as 70 dispensaries throughout the county could become targets for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“We’re concerned for the county to take a position that’s enforcement-driven instead of providing a pathway toward licensing and regulation,” Attorney Ariel Clark, chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, told LA Weekly.
This potential crackdown comes with a proposed price tag of $25 million.
An unincorporated area is defined as a geographic location that operates without its own municipal services, and these kinds of jurisdictions are governed more in terms of a small community, where a town council works with the powers of the county to determine policies.
Several years ago, the board outlawed dispensaries in unincorporated jurisdictions. However, a lack of enforcement and overall unawareness of the law has allowed pot shops to emerge in restricted neighborhoods. In other unincorporated areas of the county, special condition permits have been issued that allow a specific number of dispensaries to do business.