dispensaries that had tried to register by the deadline but initially
failed to meet requirements regarding subjects such as liability insurance coverage and
city business tax registration. But, by 2008, new storefront dispensaries started to apply, arguing
for exemptions on the grounds of providing a needed community service.
the reaction by anti-pot crusaders has been swift and shrill. The
ripples have spread to the other side of the pond, with the United Kingdom's Guardian
breathlessly announcing, "In short, government incompetence will make
your kid high, if your kid can fake a nerve damage injury."
City Council says it approved the 2007 moratorium to buy time to write
an ordinance regulating the dispensaries -- which still isn't ready after
more than a year of work. On Tuesday, the Council's planning committee
took a step to strike the hardship loophole from the moratorium by
sending a motion before the entire Council.
advocates in Los Angeles can only hope that the hysteria and steady
mainstream media drumbeat won't adversely affect safe access to herbal
medicine. "There is a thing called supply and demand, and we aren't in
need of paternalistic government," Stewart Richlin, an attorney
representing more than 100 patient collectives, told the Times.
with an embarrassed City Council smarting over charges of incompetence,
it seems increasingly likely that, once again, patients will pay the
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