Los Angeles City Council Tells DEA to Let City Regulate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Los Angeles, CA: The Los Angeles City Council voted 9-1 Wednesday to support SJR 20, a resolution in the California Legislature that asks "all federal law enforcement agencies to enforce federal drug laws relating to medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives in a manner consistent with the laws of the State of California."

The council urged the DEA to allow the city to regulate dispensaries. "We have put a moratorium in place on all new clinics until we develop regulations," Councilman Dennis Zine said after the vote. "Our goal is to bring the sale of medical marijuana under control so it is accessible to people who truly need it."

The DEA maintains that since marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law, raids will continue.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn deplored the DEA stance, saying, "We want to regulate [dispensaries] and we will. We want the DEA to respect the compassionate-use laws of California and other states."

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