that originally decriminalized the sale of cannabis to doctor approved patients now trying to impose so many restrictions? For supporters of full-scale legalization and the businesses which sell the product, there seems to be a constant dance between what is allowed and what isn’t.
LA Lottery Over
After California decriminalized the sale of medical marijuana nearly 800 storefronts opened under the guise of becoming dispensaries. In May of 2010 the owners of 439 of them were told to close by June 7 in order to comply with ordinances. Distance from places in which children congregate, such as schools and parks as well as registration deadlines that were exceeded were cited as reasons for the closures.
The next step involved a citywide lottery for the remaining dispensaries. Only collectives and dispensaries which had been in operation from Sept. 14, 2007 and have retained at least one original owner qualified for the lottery. LA has since informed the owners of 140 other stores they must close their doors as well, leaving the city 100 dispensaries.
How did things change so dramatically, even as California debates collecting sales tax from medical marijuana dispensaries and growing cooperatives?