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

By The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients on September 27th 2012

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.