As MG reported earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council is considering changes to Proposition D.
The controversial law has been divisive among community members and cannabis business owners since it was passed in 2013. Critics have charged that Proposition D has created an unfair playing field as many businesses have been forced to close. The regulation only allows for 135 dispensaries to operate with “limited immunity,” as the City does not issue any licenses to businesses.
Because Proposition D bans licenses, Los Angeles is not in alignment with The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, a bill that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown several months ago.
The Los Angeles Citizen Task Force on Medical Cannabis Regulations has responded to the news that City Council President, Herb Wesson, plans on adjusting Proposition D. Below quote from task force chair Ariel Clark, as reported by The Weed Blog.
The LA Cannabis Task Makes A Statement
“The LA Cannabis Task Force is pleased to see City Council President Herb Wesson take an active role to address this critical issue negatively impacting our community. His leadership towards smart regulation and legislation reflects the considerable compassion and knowledge demonstrated by his office regarding the needs of the medical cannabis community. Mr. Wesson rightly understands that bans are counter-productive and poorly crafted enforcement mechanisms only empower the continued existence of a black market.
We will continue to work with their office to balance public safety, economic development and public health towards the adoption of a regulatory structure for medical cannabis that helps improve quality of life and create local economic growth. We also remain focused on fighting to ensure our city’s most vulnerable patients – those who disproportionately rely on delivery services and/or infused products for life-saving medication – maintain access to safe and affordable cannabis, and that all license types are allowed to apply and thrive in Los Angeles in accordance with state law.”
According to the group’s website, “The Citizen Task Force works to ensure cannabis regulations that create safe neighborhoods and a healthy economy for all of Los Angeles.”