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City Sues Marijuana Dispensaries Too Close to Schools

Two Eagle Rock medical marijuana facilities are among nine citywide that are the latest target of the City Attorney’s crackdown.

Two Eagle Rock-based medical marijuana dispensaries are among nine marijuana facilities that the City of Los Angeles has sued for violating a state law that requires such facilities to be outside a 600-foot radius of schools.

The ER dispensaries are Organic Healing Center, located at 1733 Colorado Blvd., and Colorado Quality Pain, based at 1615 Colorado Blvd., the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The former location is a block from the , while the latter is prohibitively close to .

The lawsuits, filed November 15 by City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, are part of a renewed drive to tackle what the City says is the relentless and widespread proliferation of medical marijuana facilities in Los Angeles. Eagle Rock has 15 medical marijuana shops, which critics believe is too many for a relatively small neighborhood that also happens to have many schools.

On November 23, Council member José Huizar introduced legislation to repeal the City’s medical marijuana ordinance—which requires marijuana outlets to be outside a 1,000-foot radius of schools—and ban dispensaries whose proliferation, said Huizar, adversely affects the quality of life in communities.

Besides the nine dispensaries that are part of the the City Attorney’s latest crackdown—they face a daily fine up to $5,000 if they remain open—the City has sued about 40 other facilities, a quarter of which have already closed shop, the Times quoted Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg as saying.

Further litigation against dispensaries illegally close to schools is likely this coming week. “If we do see more of them cropping up this close to schools, or we become aware of them, then we certainly are going to take action against them,” Greenberg told the Times.

"I'm pleased to see that the city has found a tool to start thinning out the illegal pot shops,” President Michael Larsen told Eagle Rock Patch. “I hope that the trend continues and some reasonable, enforceable regulations can be put in place in L.A.”

Read the Times report in its entirety by clicking here.

Rob Schraff December 04, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Yes, the real issues are regulation and taxation - see Proposition 215, the will of the people, American democracy, the confidentiality of my physician, etc. Not sure how medical marijuana is an "example of the government at it's best to trample youth and happiness" Please explain more about this tea-party/Michael Larsen conspiracy theory.
joyce hong December 04, 2011 at 10:45 PM
This is really such a non issue. I have to agree with Jayres in that I didn't even know that many dispensaries are even there. I am a mother of two and am much more concerned by the bars and liquor stores in my neighborhood. I wish that Los Angeles could pass a sensible ordinance but I feel that the prohibitionists have hijacked things and made the situation much harder for the city to manage.
Emerald December 04, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Nothing better at voting time to have addled brains vote for legalization of drugs. The erosion of youthful drive and energy through legalization of drugs doesn't matter a whit to government agencies whose main object is to siphon off tax dollars for their own stupid boondoggles. People in serious need of pain management can get help at any legitimate clinic or medical physician. Potheads with a 'headache'??....just head on down to your local 'medical marijuana' store and pick up a mind numbing remedy. I don't belong to a tea party and I don't know Michael Larson. Whatever Prop 215 is, I'm sure I'll vote against it. My last reply to this stuff....I need fresh air.
OriginalGeek December 05, 2011 at 02:40 AM
I hadn't noticed there were 15 dispensaries in Eagle Rock, but it really isn't that surprising considering Pasadena (and Glendale, I think) prohibit them. As a resident of Pasadena/Eagle Rock for about 30 years, I can say medical marijuana has certainly resulted in less violence on the streets. Crime figures support this idea. No need to eliminate rival dealers from "the spot". I don't do drugs and I don't drink either. I do however support the idea of the medical marijuana dispensaries. Even if it is more about people getting high than having actual medical need. Marijuana is a lesser evil than alcohol, so it is pretty disingenuous on the one had to say alcohol is acceptable and on the other, say marijuana is bad. The relative toxicity and violence of both favors marijuana. The argument that people are buying from dispensaries and reselling is a bit of a red herring. From what I understand, if you have the needed license to purchase, you also have a license to cultivate up to 13 plants. It's just common business sense to cut out the middle man by growing your own. Advances in LED lighting reduce the biggest expense associated with cultivation. The bottom line about criminalization of drug possession (by the end user) has more to do with the Private Corrections Industry than it does about preserving the minds of our young. Probably half the prohibitionists clamoring on are investors, PR or lobbyists for the private prison industry. As they say, "follow the money".
Michael Larsen December 05, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Great points "OriginalGeek"! Naturally you don't drink or smoke pot. And Of course, as a mother of two children who DOESN'T live in Eagle Rock, and a full time POT LOBBYIST, you had NO IDEA of how many pot shops were in Eagle Rock, JOYCE HONG (click on her profile if you doubt) Super persuasive arguments.

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