On Tuesday 24th of July, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban all pot dispensaries. Sort of. Because they also voted to draw up a separate ordinance that would allow some shops to remain open. Under the first law, all 762 dispensaries that are registered in the city are going to be ordered to shut down immediately or face legal action from the city. The second law (which the council votes on in three months) will allow immunity to a few dozen shops that were created before a 2007 moratorium.
I have always been a supporter for marijuana and the freedom for people to use this generally harmless drug. The councilmen that have voted for the ban claim the reasoning is the vast number of dispensaries located in Los Angeles. So their solution is to close them all? Also the inclusion of the second law about some dispensaries staying open is really complicating the whole issue.
A few estimates below:
Marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles: 762
Other places to buy marijuana: 0
Starbucks in Los Angeles: 900+
Other places to buy coffee: 2000+
Liquor Stores in Los Angeles: 350+
Other places to buy liquor: 2000+
So is 762 too many dispensaries? i don't think so, but cutting that number by 20% - 40% would make more sense than just closing all of them.