In 1996, voters in the State of California passed Proposition 215 called the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The purpose of the Act was to allow individuals with a rather broad range of medical issues to have access to marijuana with the recommendation or approval of a California-licensed physician.
In 2004, The State Legislators broadened the scope of Proposition 215 with a state legislative statue known as SB420.
As published by the Los Angeles Daily News, in May of 2013, The California Supreme Court agreed with the City of Riverside, who banned all Medical Marijuana Clinics by declaring them a public nuisance. The state high court said it was an authority that rested with local government with land use laws. “Land-use regulation in California historically has been a function of local government,” the court noted, ruling Riverside had acted properly with its decision to ban all such clinics within its boundaries.
The City of Los Angeles considered having a total ban on the dispensaries, but some on the City Council were concerned that a measure sponsored by marijuana clinic operators, Proposition F, might pass allowing for even more marijuana clinics. As a result, instead of an outright ban, the city developed its own alternative with Proposition D to limit the number of clinics to 135. It should be noted that Jose Huizar, Mitch Englander, Joe Buscaino and Bernard Parks were against all medical marijuana measures on the ballot. Proposition D, which was also supported by the marijuana clinic operators was passed by the voters.
Chamber Campaign Objectives
Our immediate objective is to work with businesses, community groups, city officials, and law enforcement to end the proliferation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the communities we serve. And, to strictly enforce Proposition D which created by the City Council and approved by the voters to limit the number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to 135 within the Los Angeles City limits.
We believe that the majority of voters who passed The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 intended:
- To help a limited number of patients who would benefit from marijuana for critical medical conditions.
- To allow licensed California Physicians to write prescriptions for marijuana in a manner consistent with any other drug. And, that patients be under the continual diagnosis of the administering physician who would monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.
- That the patient would have the marijuana drug dispensed in a pharmacy licensed by the State of California and the drug would be filled by a licensed pharmacist who would monitor possible adverse drug interactions.
- To not support a cash cottage industry that in many instances has more marijuana dispensaries in a geographical area than licensed pharmacies.
- To not support a fulfillment process that is more akin to an ice cream store with armed guards rather than a medical pharmacy.
- To not support physicians who recommend or approve marijuana use based on a limited diagnosis without subsequent monitoring.
We believe that the majority of voters who passed Proposition D intended:
- That the City would strictly enforce Proposition D.
We believe that the proponents operating Medical Marijuana Clinics and the Landlords who offer them space are doing the stakeholders of Canoga Park and West Hills a disservice. Many of the patients who frequent these dispensaries do not live in our community. At times, Marijuana is obtained through a clinic and distributed to under age youth. Litter, loitering and parking issues surrounding these facilities are a public nuisance.
We respectfully submit that the City takes immediate steps to, at the very least, enforce Proposition D within our communities, with the same zeal that The Department of Building and Safety and Parking Enforcement utilize to enforce the Law.