Just two months before a moratorium prohibiting California medical marijuana dispensaries from opening is set to expire, the Glendale City Council is considering a permanent ban on these so-called “pot shops”. Like many other cities and counties throughout the state, Glendale enacted the moratorium in an effort to prevent an over saturation of California medical marijuana dispensaries.
In California, people are legally allowed to possess, grow, buy and use marijuana if a doctor has recommended its use to help treat a physical condition. California medical marijuana laws also apply to the user’s “primary caregiver”.
Many people open medical marijuana dispensaries or cooperatives so that they can collectively grow and exchange marijuana in a legally recognized fashion. Others open up these shops hoping to make a killing on selling what they believe is legal weed, selling to persons who have not been deemed “qualified patients” under California’s medical marijuana laws.
As a result, these storefronts are frequently the subject of scrutiny and prosecution, which has lead to an increase in local ordinances that have banned their operation.