A group representing L.A. city marijuana dispensaries plans to ask the City Council tomorrow to approve two laws that will circumvent Los Angeles' pot shop ban.
Either way the council will have to upend its own ban or send the issue to voters after those who mostly supported overturning the prohibition turned in enough signatures last month to get the matter on the ballot.
The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients says it has a solution:
It says it will propose two laws that will both satiate the council's concerns about retailers selling weed for profit and allow what it says are 250,000 weed patients in L.A. get their medicine legally.
Details about the proposals were not forthcoming, but in a statement today the union indicated that a key element of the ordinances would be using the services of a company called AgSite Secure, which claims to insure that stores are not selling for profit, selling pot out the backdoor, or getting weed from black market sources.
In fact the company purports to make sure that retailers are growing their own.
This then would comply with some of the more stringent interpretations of state law.
The union says its proposals have already been submitted to the city Planning Commission (we couldn't find them in the city's file database).
James Shaw, director of the union:
Instead of fruitlessly trying to manage by quantity by limiting the number of associations, we should be regulating for quality. We've done the heavy-lifting in figuring out how to make regulation work, while avoiding further litigation, and we invite the City and the patient associations to study our proposals
The group will hold a 9:30 a.m. press conference — ahead of tomorrow's City Council meeting — outside council chambers tomorrow.
[Added at 3:56 p.m.]: The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients sent us the proposed ordinances: