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Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws 2

Posted on: May 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

At the moment, in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California, about 49 percent of people think Marijuana should be legalized. In San Francisco, the numbers climb to 56 percent, although in Orange and San Diego counties, the number is closer to 42 percent. Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws already allow for cannabis to be used for medical purposes under certain guidelines. However, due to recent economic challenges in Los Angeles and the rest of the state, people are looking for ways to increase revenue without disturbing too many other areas of business with new taxes.

With these statistics, it is odd that California has not legalized marijuana. The state already legalized medical marijuana, although it is having a hard time governing dispensaries. In fact, just this month, the city of Los Angeles ordered 439 dispensaries to close their doors. The city passed new Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws restricting the number of dispensaries that could be open. For those companies that do not shut down, they could face a $1,000 fine plus a $2,5000 a day penalty. Los Angeles became the epicenter of the state's dispensary boom last year, following the Obama administration's announcement that it would not prosecute medical marijuana stores that adhered to state law.

Since Marijuana is not currently legal, legalizing and taxing the substance would not really impact other business in California. Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws were designed to allow people with severe medical conditions to get a pain treatment that would not impact them as harshly as some pharmaceuticals. In 1996, Prop 215 was passed by the California voters and 8 years later, Senate Bill 420 codified the California Penal Code which allowed for medical cannabis. Since then, it has been a fight between law enforcement and medical marijuana dispensaries to determine Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws.

If you or someone you love is being prosecuted for medical marijuana possession, or feel law enforcement is improperly using Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Laws to persecute your business, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570. Our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys can protect your rights and make sure you are not being wrongly prosecuted.

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Comments:

Cameron Baghai on June 12, 2010 at 1:17 a.m. wrote:

I think that a core issue surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana is whether the law operates purely pragmatically or also has a symbolic element. If the law only has pragmatic purpose, then legalization seems to be the best option. Obtaining medical marijuana is extremely easy; most can come up with some bogus medical excuse, and those than can’t have friends who can. As such, there’s no benefit to keeping marijuana illegal, but there are opportunity costs in terms of lost revenue. Alternatively, if the law is supposed to symbolize something and has some deontological component, then the efficacy of marijuana laws isn’t relevant to whether it should be legalized. Unfortunately, exploring the function of the law is too complex for a blog comment.


Christine Au on June 4, 2010 at 12:09 a.m. wrote:

Legalizing Marijuana has been a topic of great controversy among Liberals & Conservatives, the older generation and the younger one. However, because it has become such a norm among teenagers and it also has medicinal purposes such as inducing appetite and suppressing vomiting, it has become easily accessible to many in our society. Whether or not law enforcement agrees, it has become nearly impossible to regulate this among the general public.


Christine Au on June 3, 2010 at 5:51 p.m. wrote:

Legalizing Marijuana has been a topic of great controversy among Liberals & Conservatives, the older generation and the younger one. However, because it has become such a norm among teenagers and it also has medicinal purposes such as inducing appetite and suppressing vomiting, it has become easily accessible to many in our society. Whether or not law enforcement agrees, it has become nearly impossible to regulate this among the general public.


Christine Au on June 2, 2010 at 8:20 p.m. wrote:

To my understanding, it is still extremely easy if any given individual were to try, to get a legal prescription of Medical Marijuana. However, if it is already such a simple task to get Medical Marijuana and other types of it as well, there is little that someone can do to stop this. From a realistic point of view, if people want to keep using marijuana, there is little that law enforcement can do to prohibit everyone from doing so. It may be best to legalize it and put an age limit on this.









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