Cannabis Trade Association votes unanimously to support Proposition M
Los Angeles – December 9, 2016 – UCBA Trade Association (UCBA), the largest trade association of Proposition D compliant medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally within the City of Los Angeles, voted unanimously to publicly support Proposition M, the City of Los Angeles sponsored cannabis regulatory ballot initiative.
The Cannabis Activity Permits and Regulation Initiative is an ordinance co-authored by the UCBA Trade Association, which includes more than 45 medical marijuana dispensaries that have been operating under limited immunity from Proposition D, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 labor union. This initiative is a part of the Los Angeles Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, and is designed to set up a permitting process for marijuana that can be tailored by the LA City Council to address local needs and be in compliance with California state laws. This initiative is designed to give the city more flexibility to allow other types of marijuana businesses to operate in LA, including cultivators and manufacturers.
As we head into election month, it's always good to take a moment to discuss the different candidates' approaches to medical and recreational cannabis. This is the first election year where all of the candidates at least support the states' right to regulate and tax medical cannabis. Accord into a recent Gallop poll, 58% of Americans support the legalization of cannabis, now it's time to use our voting power and elect a leader who will acknowledge the facts and fight for our right to use this medicine.
Proposition D (Prop D) was an initiative proposed by the Los Angeles City Council to limit the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the city. The ordinance was passed by overwhelming majority by the voters of Los Angeles in May 2013. Put simply, Prop D prohibits new medical cannabis businesses in the city of Los Angeles, and grants a limited immunity to cannabis businesses that adhere to certain specific restrictions. It also increased the existing tax applicable to the industry from $50 to $60 per $1,000 of gross receipts.
If you’re a medical cannabis patient who wants to exercise your Second Amendment rights, bad news—the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently backed up Congress by ruling that a federal ban on the sale of guns to medical cannabis card holders doesn’t violate any constitutional rights. This ruling came in the case of S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada resident who was prevented from purchasing a gun in 2011 after she obtained a medical cannabis card.
There are homeless people all over the US, suffering from a number of ailments the come with the struggles of not having a roof over your head or a bed to sleep in. However, many people don't know that the largest percentage of homeless people are found in Metro Los Angeles and South Los Angeles—our temperate climate is a huge draw to those who have to deal with the elements day after day.
Have you ever wondered why you can’t use your credit card at a collective? The answer is easy--although cannabis is legal for medicinal use, in California and a few other states, federally it is still illegal. Banks operate federally. One of the biggest inconveniences for running and maintaining a collective is not being able to have a bank account. Not only is it an inconvenience when shops are trying to order products or pay social media platforms, to name a few, but it’s also an inconvenience for patients who have to carry cash on them or use the nearest ATM for a $2-$5 ATM charge.
One major argument brought up in regards to medical marijuana is that since it is a medicine it cannot be taxed; this is not true. Most cities and counties that allow marijuana collectives to operate under their zoning ordinances have instituted taxes to cover the cost of administering the program and to fund a variety of other municipal services.