Pro-Pot Shop Protesters Plan To Urge L.A. County Not To Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

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Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM
click to enlarge L.A. county just says no to medical weed.
  • L.A. county just says no to medical weed.

Pot-patients rights advocates are up in arms over L.A. County's ban of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Ahead of a final vote on the matter Tuesday morning cannabis supporters will be outside the county Board of Supervisors meeting to try to get the body to reverse its stance on pot shops.

The vote is likely a done deal. The board voted last month 4-1 to outlaw dispensaries in the parts of the county it has direct control over -- "unincorporated" areas that are home to more than a million people. A final vote was expected during the 9 a.m. meeting.

Here's what Don Duncan, notorious pro-dispensary investor/supporter/lobbyist and state director of Americans for Safe Access, has to say about the county's law:

"It's not acceptable to marginalize the patient community in Los Angeles and deprive them of access to this important medication ... Instead of banning access, the Board of Supervisors should be trying to work with patients and others in the community to better implement local regulations."

Medical-pot advocates are worried that, after the city of L.A. outlawed most of its dispensaries, patients are faced with fewer and fewer choices for obtaining weed in the region.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich said the opposite is the concern: Because places like L.A. have shut out many shops, unincorporated areas could wake up one morning to find dispensaries moving in:

"Since many municipalities in Los Angeles County currently have either a ban or moratorium, adjacent unincorporated communities would become the obvious location of choice for dispensary operators -- creating an undue burden for residents in these areas."

What do you think? Is the county right to smoke out pot-shops in unincorporated areas?

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