Los Angeles has long been a battleground for marijuana dispensaries. For over a decade, hundreds of marijuana dispensaries have opened up, but only 135 or so are well-established medical dispensaries that operate semi-legally.
There were many critics and activists who publicly condemned the influx of marijuana businesses, but back in 2007, there was a moratorium given to those 135 medical dispensaries, who were then grandfathered in as quasi-legal. In 2013, Proposition D granted those 135 shops “limited legal immunity” from prosecution, but not the other businesses.
Advantages of LA Dispensaries
Proposition M was a measure that would allow marijuana dispensaries to get licensed by the city and make shops compliant. The City Council would be allowed to issue permits and start taxing producers and retailers of cannabis products. Prop M would also allow for the expansion of the number of pot shops in town and legalize delivery services.
Proposition M was placed on the ballot in Los Angeles and the measure passed in March 2017. Nearly 77% of voters voted in favor of the measure. The measure will provide the city with more jobs and millions in tax revenue for the city. Prop M will also make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to operate without fear of prosecution.
California voters also approved of Proposition 64, which allows for recreational marijuana to be sold starting in 2018.
As you can see, Los Angeles has been a pivotal city in the fight for legalizing marijuana. With such a big win for marijuana advocates, other cities and states will look to California as an example where legalizing marijuana can be a win-win for both citizens and the state.
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