The new wave of recreational marijuana sales in California is just around the corner and the buzz of excitement from non-medical marijuana card holders is palpable. Now to address a word that’s been flitting around the state since last year’s election: taxes. How much will they go up, who will be affected and how do you avoid paying astronomical amounts of money for your medicine?
In the age of Postmates and AmazonFresh, it’s no surprise that cannabis users often opt to have their greenery delivered right to their door—but is it legal? Not currently in Los Angeles. This might come as a huge shock to you, especially when you login to Weedmaps & see the bevy of delivery services listed, but cannabis delivery in Los Angeles is illegal.
There are a LOT of cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles, but did you know that most of them are illegal? With January 2018 fast approaching & legal cannabis coming to LA, law enforcement is really going to be cracking down on illegal shops & the people that visit them. But how can you tell if the dispensary you’ve been frequenting is illegal?
It is a common misconception that the presence of a cannabis dispensary in your neighborhood is bad for the community—that crime will increase, that children will have greater access to cannabis and that said dispensary will decrease the value of the neighborhood as a whole. By preying on the fears of individuals who simply don’t know any better, law enforcement and politicians have perpetuated the false narrative that cannabis is synonymous with crime and negativity. While there are many illegal dispensaries in Los Angeles that unfortunately do fall into this category, there are also numerous law abiding dispensaries like The Higher Path who have made it their mission to exemplify just how positive of an impact a legal dispensary can have on the community it operates within.
By Megan Fisher
In November 2016, 57% of voters in the state of California said “Yes” to Prop 64, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for persons 21 or older and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes. Dispensaries didn’t just start selling cannabis recreationally the day after the election; Prop 64 stated that recreational sales couldn’t begin until January 1st, 2018. While January 2018 may seem far off, there’s plenty to do—dispensaries and cannabis companies alike are working hard to make sure they remain in compliance of all the new regulations that accompany Prop 64.
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.