Yo, L.A. City Council! What's the deal?
The L.A. City Council has just outlawed all medical marijuana dispensaries. Yep. All of them.
Here's what Councilman Jose Huizar had to say about it:
"Relief is on the way."
Relief from what? Pain? Because that's what those dispensaries were for.
Never mind that L.A.'s easy access to medical marijuana has put drug dealers out of business. Let's just increase the hassle and crime in one smooth motion.
There IS a new ordinance that may allow 182 current dispensaries to continue operating, but even the circumstances of those seem weird — they're dispensaries that filed for license before a certain date. Now they just have newer and more restrictive regulations. Also, small collectives could also distribute marijuana from the privacy of their homes.
The mind blowing part of this is that it was voted 14-0.
Here's what Councilman Mitchell Englander said:
"We need to start with a clean slate. Los Angeles has experimented with marijuana and has failed."
Whether or not it "failed," shutting down 762 dispensaries IS NOT encouraging job growth. If each business employed 5 people, that's 3,810 jobs lost.
This is all BEFORE we realize how many people out there with medical issues will now have to struggle to have any kind of comfortable life.
Definitely seems like the L.A. City Council acted too quickly on this one.
We should be focused on more pressing matters — and while smoking pot isn't for us, we can still see the benefits for others.
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