The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a plan Wednesday to shut down all marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of L.A. That would put about 70 medical collectives in the sheriff’s crosshairs, which has alarmed Los Angeles pot advocates. “We’re concerned for the county to take a position that’s enforcement-driven instead of providing a pathway toward licensing and regulation,” says Attorney Ariel Clark, chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force.
The move could establish a clean slate for a Board of Supervisors that’s also considering licensing and regulating marijuana businesses in those same areas. The board is expected to vote on a shutdown plan by the Sheriff’s Department. It could carry a $25 million price tag, pot advocates say.
The board in 2011 banned all dispensaries in unincorporated areas, so the risks have been well known to marijuana business owners. Last month, the board voted to extend that ban. Supervisor Hilda Solis requested the sheriff”s shut-down report. Her office did not respond to L.A. Weekly‘s request for comment. [Read more at LA Times]