LA City Council Trashes 100s of Jobs, Million$ in Tax Revenues
A couple weeks ago, LA's City Council voted unanimously to ban all of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries.
Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996. The state's dispensaries are real job creators, employing thousands of people. They also pay taxes, a lot of taxes, somewhere between $58 million and $105 million each year.
So why shut them down? Good question. Some city officials cite "crime" as a factor, but details are pretty sketchy and may have something to do with robberies. I guess if banks continue to get robbed, they'll have to be shut down, too, since they're clearly a cause of "crime."
Others just seem offended by the fact that they've seen healthy-looking people in the stores. Of course, we all know that you can tell everything you need to know about a person's health just by looking at them, so that makes perfect sense.
Fortunately, there's no need to justify any of this. The ban has been written in such a way that "the city can close shops without having to prove that they are violating nuisance or land-use laws, as is the case now."
In other words, if the fifteen assholes on the city council say you're history, you're history.