by David Downs
Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles medical cannabis patients remain livid and confused about last week's passage of Measure D, wherein voters chose to drastically reduce the number of Los Angeles pot shops from an estimated 800 to the roughly 135 that were open before September 2007. Measure D makes all post-2007 shops a nuisance, and the city can start fining them thousands of dollars per day.
For starters, here is the list of those 135 or so dispensaries open prior to the Sept. 14, 2007 “Interim Control Ordinance”. The ones labeled "eligible" are considered by the city to be grandfathered in.
Keep in mind, this list is three years old. Stores could have closed, or moved. But it's a starting point for patients wondering if their favorite spot is going to be forced to shut down.
Some affected clubs will no doubt sue to stay open, but it's unclear how successful those attempts will be. According to Los Angeles medical marijuana lawyer Stewart Richlin Measure D violates the constitutions of the U.S. and California.
The nuisance abatement process against several hundred clubs could also drag on for quite a bit of time, Richlin said.
Below, The Los Angeles Times' 2010 Google Map of the "eligible" clubs:
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