Good luck policing L.A.'s new marijuana restrictions

medicalpot.jpgIf city officials still don't know how many dispensaries are operating in the city - estimates range from 700 to 1,400 - how on earth will they enforce a ballot measure that restricts the number to 135? Well, they probably won't. Here's another question: How does the city keep tabs of any business? Yeah, I know you supposedly need a business license and a fictitious name filing, but does anybody really keep tabs on this stuff? From the LAT:

[Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney], acknowledged that some of the now-outlawed dispensaries would probably continue to operate. "There will be efforts to fly below the radar," she said. Dispensaries that don't comply with orders to close will be sued, she said. Adam Bierman, a consultant who helps people open dispensaries, predicted that profitable dispensaries will remain open as long as possible. "Some of them generate a million or two [million] dollars a month," Bierman said. "You think those people are just going to pack their bags and leave?"

One more thing: The medical marijuana dispensaries that are not among the lucky 135 will probably go to court. That could drag out the issue for many more years. It's another example of what happens when legislators abandon their responsibility to enforce statewide mandates.

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