Jacob Sullum |
January 29, 2010
It seems the council members, like the legislators who decree drug-free, gun-free, and sex-offender-free zones, could not be bothered to consult a map and figure out the practical implications of these arbitrary rules. Not only are they inviting litigation; they are blithely interfering with the lives of patients who use marijuana to relieve the symptoms of serious illnesses (and who under the new ordinance will have to pick one dispensary and stick with it).
Meanwhile, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich continues to maintain that selling medical marijuana is illegal, which would make all of the dispensaries criminal enterprises. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley takes a similar view and plans to keep prosecuting dispensary operators.
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