Some cities have had a hard time regulating marijuana dispensaries (we're looking at you, L.A.).
If there was any doubt — and lawsuits challenging cities that try to crack down abound — a new state law aims to make it clear that municipalities like Los Angeles can, in fact, tell pot shops when, where and how they can operate.
And, surprise, it was introduced by an Angeleno — local Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield.
The language of the bill states that your locality can adopt “local ordinances that regulate the location, operation, or establishment of a medical marijuana cooperative or collective …”
And it says cities can also sue pot shops out of existence, essentially (a tactic being used right now in L.A. for some out-of-compliance dispensaries).
The one no vote on the Assembly bill was San Francisco's Tom Ammiano, a notorious pro-pot warrior. He said he objected to the lack of the word “dispensary” in the language, which he says would further recognize the legitimacy of the storefronts.
Feeling paranoid? Don't worry potheads. Like all things bureaucratic, this could take a while.