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Source: Raw Story
The Los Angeles City Council repealed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night.
That ban, passed in July, was put on hold by citizen activists who raised a ballot initiative to rebuke the city’s move, gaining access to the citywide ballot for a special election in March. Appearing wary of spending money to hold the election on an issue they knew would fail, the council repealed the ban themselves in an 11-2 vote on Tuesday.
One of the key moments in the debate came when LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, himself a medical marijuana patient who’s suffering from a rare type of cancer, revealed that his doctors said recently that he doesn’t have long to live. “If I can’t get marijuana, and this is medically prescribed, what do I do?” he asked. “And what do all the people who have health issues ?”
Tuesday’s vote means there will no longer be a citywide ordinance regulating the sales of medical marijuana. The measure has to be voted upon once more because Tuesday’s ballots were not unanimous. The council also passed a resolution calling for state lawmakers to clarify how cities may regulate marijuana sales.
The council only repealed the ban because otherwise it would have had to hold a March special election on the ban. That after activists gathered thousands of signatures in days after the council passed it.
The council is also counting on the DEA and federal prosecutors to do its dirty work for it. The feds just a couple of weeks ago targeted every dispensary in downtown LA.