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Union for Medical Cannabis Patients Presents Los Angeles City Council with Two Ordinances

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 07:36 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:18

The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients will present to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday October 2nd two draft ordinances that represent a comprehensive solution for regulating medical marijuana establishments in Los Angeles, while avoiding litigation or having the law overturned by courts.

Our “Preemption Proof” ordinance illustrates how Los Angeles, or any other city in California, can use negative restrictions to require that medical marijuana dispensaries behave as upstanding neighbors without encountering federal or state preemption issues. Based on enforcement of California law, the Union’s “State Compliance Ordinance” is designed to assist the City of Los Angeles in determining which medical marijuana establishments are entitled to exemption from prosecution under California’s medical marijuana laws, and which are not. The two ordinances addressing local and state issues are designed to function either in tandem or independently to effectively regulate medical marijuana establishments. For more in-depth analysis of current case law and how it shapes our ordinances, please see the Union’s introductory letter which will be accompanying the ordinances delivered to City Council.

The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients has taken great care to formulate regulations that will work for patients, their associations, neighborhoods, and the City of Los Angeles. We invite you to study our proposals and encourage you to provide us with feedback. Please address any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Union for Medical Cannabis Patient’s “Preemption Proof” and “State Compliance” ordinances to Sophie@UnionMMP.org.

Press Conference
A  press conference to discuss the issues and the proposed ordinances will be held in the hallway leading to the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 340, Tues. at 9:30 a.m., a half hour before the Council meets (note that finding a convenient parking place requires arriving in downtown L.A. before 9 a.m.). Media contact: Scott Smith 310/254-4051.


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California Court Prevents Dispensary Ban

Last Updated on Thursday, 5 July 2012 07:31 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Monday, 2 July 2012 08:04

A California appeals court has struck down Los Angeles County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, citing state law.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that because the state’s medical marijuana laws authorize cooperatives and collectives to grow, store and distribute pot, a lower court judge erred when she cited the 2010 ban in granting the county an injunction against the Alternative Medicinal Cannabis Collective last year.

However, the decision does not mean the coast is clear for the Covina dispensary. The Court of Appeal says even though L.A. County can’t outlaw pot shops completely, local lawmakers still can limit where they locate require them to obtain operating permits and business licenses.

Federal prosecutors also have cracked down by moving to seize the building that houses Alternative Medicinal Cannabis.

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Contact Your Representative

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 02:39 Written by The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:45

As mentioned in out story here, three of our allies in Congress — Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), and Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) — are expected to introduce an amendment to the act that would bar the DOJ from using funds to conduct raids on medical marijuana providers in states that authorize its use and sale. This could be as introduced as soon as today.
Please take a moment to call your representative now and then ask others to do the same.
Look up your representative online using your zip code and then call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121
and ask to be directed to your member’s office.
Feel free to use the script below to help guide your call:
Hello. I’m calling to ask that Congressperson ___________ vote in support of the “Hinchey, Farr, Rohrbacher Medical Marijuana Amendment” to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act being considered. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books and it’s time to stop wasting scarce federal funding on raids that seek to undermine those laws.
Once you make your call, please pass this message on to your patients, colleagues, friends, and associates so that they can take action today as well.
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