L.A. CITY HALL: Regulation, medical marijuana, new shops continue to open, finding "new ways to exploit" Prop. D rules, LA Weekly: "How Some Dispensaries Find a Way Around L.A.'s Pot Shop Ban" ....
* LA Weekly: "How Some Dispensaries Find a Way Around L.A.'s Pot Shop Ban" - From the Weekly:
Amid a historic low number of registered marijuana dispensaries in the city of Los Angeles, a new weed shop recently opened up in Chatsworth. At this point in the game, storefronts aren't really supposed to be opening.
In fact all of the weed stores in the Los Angeles Police Department's local Devonshire Division had been shut down with the help of local city Councilman Mitch Englander who, as a reserve police officer, went out on a raid in 2012 that shuttered the last collective in his district. But police say the Chatsworth dispensary is the second in the area to launch this year - the other is on Reseda Boulevard south of Parthenia Street - and that these businesses could be finding new ways to exploit L.A.'s strict pot-shop rules:
When voters approved Prop. D last year most of the more than 1,000 shops in town were supposed to shut down. Only about 135 remaining since a 2007 city moratorium. . . .went into effect would be allowed to remain via limited immunity from prosecution. The result was that the 1,140 shops that had registered to pay a city pot sales tax in 2013 had been reduced to 462 this spring, according to L.A. Department of Finance records. Threats by the L.A. City Attorney to take operators and landlords to court seemed to be working.
But the allure of the dollar for some of those 135 "pre-ICO" shops might be causing some to multiply. Being pre-ICO is a ticket to millionaire status. It can be more lucrative by far than having a state alcohol license.
A knowledgeable Los Angeles police official who didn't want his name used told LA Weekly that the new shop in Chatsworth, Strain 30 Cap Collective at 21627 Devonshire St., is claiming the same pre-ICO status as a shop in downtown L.A. And he says it's not at all unusual:
Some shops with pre-ICO status are abandoning their original locations, splitting into two dispensaries at spots outside their original police divisions, and then sometimes even brazenly returning to those first storefronts, he said. The result is that one pre-ICO store, which is basically what Prop. D allows, turns into prosecutorial immunity for three separate storefronts. At least in theory...................................