Union gathers signatures to get medical marijuana regulation on the ballot

By Alice Walton
Los Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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UFCW Local 770 is gathering signatures in hopes of getting a new medical marijuana ordinance on the May 2013 ballot. That would allow about 100 clinics to remain open in Los Angeles.

The regulation of medical marijuana is back — again — as a local union collects signatures to get an ordinance on the city of Los Angeles’ May 2013 ballot.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 submitted an ordinance to the City Clerk’s Office that would allow small groups of no more than five patients and caregivers to grow medicinal cannabis together. About 100 clinics that opened and registered with the city prior to Sept. 14, 2007 would be exempted from regulation. Clinics would have to pass annual LAPD background checks and maintain their distance from schools and parks.
The UFCW will have to collect 41,138 valid signatures by Dec. 7 to get the ordinance on the city’s May 2013 ballot.
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