Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against. The law allows patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation, and the patient’s designated Primary Caregivers, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, and has since been expanded to protect a growing system of collective and cooperative distribution.
The dispensary ban (Ordinance No 182190) was passed by the Los Angeles City Council on July 24, 2012.
In August 2012; 49,000 registered Los Angeles voters signed a petition to repeal the ban on medical marijuana. On October 9, 2012 the Los Angeles City Council validated the peoples signatures and voted to repeal the ban.
Since the city repealed its ban, there is no local ordinance governing medical cannabis collectives in Los Angeles.
On October 1, 2012, the Committee to Protect Patients and Neighborhoods filed an Initiative to regulate and control medical marijuana collectives of 6 (six) or more patients.
Under this Initiative, Medical Marijuana Collectives would be required to locate safe distances away from schools, parks, libraries, licensed child care facilities, youth centers, substance abuse, and rehabilitation centers, or religious institutions.
It will preserve uninterrupted, safe access for patients and imposes sensible regulations on collectives.
The Initiative also requires collective operators to pass background checks and establishes operating standards enforceable by an infraction.
Patients need safe access to medical marijuana and neighborhoods need clear regulations that protect them.
This policy strikes the right balance for the City of Los Angeles.