City Attorney targets Eagle Rock pot shops for being too close to schools

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The City Attorney has adopted yet another legal strategy against marijuana medical dispensaries by suing those stores located near schools. The L.A. Times reports that City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has filed suit against nine pot shops – including Colorado Quality Pain Relief and  Organic Healing Center in Eagle Rock – for operating within 600 feet of a school, which violates state law. The shops face penalties of $5,000 a day if they do not close. An assistant city attorney told the Times there might be other dispensaries violating the law:

“These are the ones that have been brought to our attention. There could be others that are within 600 feet of schools,” said Asha Greenberg, the assistant city attorney who leads the effort to shut down illegal dispensaries. “If we do see more of them cropping up this close to schools, or we become aware of them, then we certainly are going to take action against them.”

Organic Healing Center, located at 1733 Colorado, is a block away from Renaissance Arts Academy, a charter school. Colorado Quality Pain, which operates at 1615 Colorado Blvd., is about a block north Dahlia Heights Elementary.

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  1. Yet they have no problem with a LIQUOR store being that close to schools? I forget, which of the two is responsible for more car accident fatalities/diseases/acts of domestic violence/etc…

    • http://www.abc.ca.gov/questions/licenses_faq.html#Q. 18.

      Q. 18. How many feet must licensed premises be from a church, a school, or residences?

      A. The law says ABC may deny any retail license located (a) within the immediate vicinity of churches and hospitals, or (b) within at least 600 feet of schools, public playgrounds and nonprofit youth facilities. Generally, ABC will deny a license in the above situations when there is evidence that normal operation of the licensed premises will be contrary to public welfare and morals. Mere proximity by itself is not sufficient to deny the license. (Section 23789 and Rule 61.4)

  2. Organic Healing Center is a clean, safe business. Ratso is right, liquor causes far more collateral damage than pot does. Not once have a seen children even near their doors. With the crime in Los Angeles you’d think the City Attorney would make better use of their time

  3. Kids have bikes, scooters, boards, thumbs, even motorized vehicles. How far is far enough? Stop wasting our time and money!

  4. These liquor store/CVS arguments are getting old
    and are a waste of time. Won’t help anything if you
    haven’t already noticed.

  5. Hmm, I wonder which was there first? Isn’t the Renaissance Arts Academy pretty new? Will we have laws to prevent schools from opening within a block of a pot dispensary?

  6. Ren Arts was there first.

    I live around the corner and would be happy to see the dispensary go.

  7. There are no liquor stores within 600 ft. of either school, unless you count Trader Joes – which isn’t exactly a haven for ne’er do wells. The liquor store on Google maps on the corner of Townsend and Colorado has been gone for a long time. It’s a driving school now. I live in the neighborhood and walk by these shops everyday, often with my kids. In between Ren Arts and Dahlia there are (at least) 3 dispensaries, while only one liquor store. I have witnessed kids being left in the car more than once while parents go inside to get their ‘medicine’. I’m all for closing them down. I have no problem with the law providing for actual medical use of marijuana, but that is not what the majority of the ‘patients’ use it for, and people who frequent the shops know this yet try to hide behind marijuana as ‘medicine’. Either there are a LOT of sick people in America, or people are using a loophole. How many legitimate doctors advertise in the back of the LA Weekly? Medicinal marijuana is legal – so let’s put it in pharmacies like the rest of our medicine. If we’re going to fully legalize it (which is fine), then let’s toss on a vice tax like booze and cigarettes and make some money off of it. And, yes, you are correct. Marijuana is not responsible for as many accidents, disease, etc. as alcohol, but it is responsible for a lot of crappy jam bands,video game marathons and white guys with dreads. And for that, it’s gone too far.

  8. Oh, Jack, chill dude, and think about it.

    Just for starters, the crappy jam bands today aren’t any better or worse than they were when you and I were in high school and white guys with dreads eventually figure out they’ll never have girl friends or jobs till they clean up. You also never hear about potheads driving drunk or beating their wives or robbing liquor stores. Ponder that over your next glass of whine.

    If you actually paid attention, all the pot shops have at least one security guard in front of the door and you have to be a registered member to even get inside, something liquor stores don’t bother with at all.

    You think we should legalize it and tax it? Makes sense until you realize it’s a freaking weed that grows wild. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a wine tree or a beer bush, and subsequently, liquor is easy to tax. The entire concept is laughable, but the medicinal ploy is just a step in the direction of completely decriminalizing it and letting people have the freedom to do as they choose for themselves. Freedoms don’t include the freedom to tell other people what substance they can or can’t consume. We’ve been there and done this in the 1920’s and it plainly won’t work any better now than it did back then.

    I would add that marijuana actually is helpful in treating a range of sub-acute symptoms such as stress, chronic pain, poor appetite and restless sleep. It also tends to help people edit their internet rants to avoid run on paragraphs and incoherent verbal diarrhea with poorly hidden prejudices.

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