Los Angeles County moves to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

Los Angeles County is moving forward with a plan to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county, the L.A. Times reported.

If war was not declared when the City of Los Angeles moved to close three-quarters of its marijuana dispensaries, the Los Angeles marijuana dispensary lawyers at the CANNABIS LAW GROUP believe this latest sign is sure evidence that the medical marijuana industry in Southern California best be ready to aggressively fight for its survival. Our L.A. medical marijuana attorneys represent more than a dozen dispensaries in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. We offer reasonable legal fees and urge dispensaries to seek high-quality, aggressive and experienced legal representation against these local ordinances, which seek to force the closure of businesses that are operating legally under California law.

We believe there is strength in numbers and the only real defense is a vigorous offense.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved to enact the ban, which will cover unincorporated areas of the county and impact a population of 1.5 million people. The motion is the first step toward reversing the county’s existing policy, which permitted marijuana collectives with strict requirements regarding their location. The existing policy, which was enacted four years ago, forbids dispensaries from being located with 1,000 feet of churches, daycare centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools and other specified areas.

To date, the county has not approved a single dispensary in an unincorporated area. The supervisor’s action directs county staff to prepare an ordinance to implement the ban.

Some supervisors were concerned that more dispensaries could be on the way in the wake of the City of Los Angeles’ ordinance, which is seeking to close more than 400 dispensaries. Our attorneys have filed numerous legal challenges to that ban.

The CANNABIS LAW GROUP is a law firm dedicated to the rights of medical marijuana patients, collectives and growers and has built a reputation for high-powered, aggressive legal representation of the medical marijuana industry in Southern California. Call 714-937-2050 for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.