Medical marijuana backers seek to repeal L.A. dispensary ban


If enough signatures are gathered, a referendum to overturn the prohibition would go before voters in March, coinciding with the mayoral primary

By Kate Linthicum

Los Angeles Times

Outside a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, a man in sunglasses and flip-flops called out questions to bag-toting shoppers.

“Do you support medical marijuana?” he asked. “Well did you hear what City Hall just did?”

An army of signature-gatherers has hit Los Angeles streets in recent weeks in a drive to repeal a recent ban on marijuana dispensaries. If activists can collect the roughly 27,400 names required within the next three weeks, a referendum to overturn the ban would go before voters in March.

The pot shop vote would share the ballot with the mayoral primary contest — an addition that could spice up the mayor’s race and test the clout of the medical marijuana community.

Seeking to increase their influence in recent months, dispensary owners have coordinated contributions of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of some council members, and a labor union made up of dispensary workers has held boisterous rallies outside City Hall.


If interested in discussing medical marijuana, you can contact Co-chair of the RLG Medical Marijuana Department Ryan Hurley @



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