Marijuana Dispensary Police Unit Considered to Enforce L.A. Pot Shop Ban
It's hard to figure out how serious the L.A. City Council is about closing down all of the city's dispensaries.
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While the body's vote last week was a nail in the coffin of our town's nationally prominent cannabis culture, you have to consider the history: The City Council has been trying to regulate pot shops since at least 2007, with almost zero effectiveness.
A proposal by a pair of council members, Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes, could signal that this time it's for real:
Offered among other motions on marijuana dispensaries last week was one that would help create a "dedicated enforcement unit" to shut down pot shops.
Yep, the pot-shop police are coming. Maybe.
It's a proposal to essentially have the L.A. "Chief Legislative Analyst, City Administrative Officer, City Attorney, Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Building and Safety, and Planning Department to report back" to the council about how an "enforcement unit" could be funded.
But Huizar, a onetime dispensary supporter who is now the lead author of the ban, told the Los Angeles Daily News:
It's easy to pass legislation, but unless we enforce it, it's nothing.
Don't say we didn't warn you about CSI: Los Angeles -- cannabis shop investigation.