This week, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed to shut down all 900 store fronts selling marijuana for so-called “medical” purposes.” Siding with neighborhood residents and public health experts like the American Medical Association, the Council took a courageous stand against what has become a magnet for crime, nuisance, and addiction. The vote — and the federal court ruling confirming the decision that followed just hours after – signals the major sense of buyers’ remorse Californians are feeling after voting in “medical” marijuana 16 years ago.
In 1996, when Californians passed Proposition 215 allowing for marijuana to be used for “medical” purposes, voters decided that if a cancer or AIDS patient should find relief from marijuana, they should not be arrested. Voters also believed that if the patient was too ill and unable to grow marijuana on his or her own, the patient could buy it from a non-profit group of people growing small amounts for specific users. Read more