GO ASA! Just out today, Americans for Safe Access blogs about the landmark court decision that affirms the legality of storefront medical cannabis dispensaries in California! This was an appeal case for People v. Colvin (Mr. Colvin being a dispensary owner in the Los Angeles area) whose outcome not only affirmed that storefronts were considered legal but also that not all collective members must participate in cultivation (as AG Kamala Harris was trying to argue).
Hooray! This means various things for the medical cannabis community:
- There is now a precedent case regarding the legality of medical cannabis storefront dispensaries.
- There is now also a precedent case regarding the position of collective members.
- Collective members do not need to participate in cultivation of the dispensary, just like at a grocery store collective members do not need to be involved in growing the carrots or feeding the cows.
- This somewhat positive outcome happened in a, normally, rather strict environment for medical cannabis, LALALand (aka Los Angeles).
- The community has a shine of light to celebrate.
- I get to have some extra positivity regarding my employment at a dispensary! (I don’t fear losing it, but every now and then there is an anxiety. And to think, it was this job that got me off Unemployment Insurance Benefits!)
Here is an excerpt from the ASA blog, but click on the link below to read the whole thing:
The California Court of Appeal issued a landmark published decision last week affirming the legality of storefront dispensaries and rejecting the argument that every member of a collective or cooperative must participate in the cultivation. Didn’t hear about the ruling? Maybe because the decision came from the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles, the domain of District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, famously intolerant to medical marijuana dispensaries. It would be an understatement to say that the ruling jabs a large thorn into both of their sides. You’ll certainly see no publicity from their corner.