Monday, January 28, 2013

Potential LA Mayors Face Off in Debate, Former Tech Honcho Pleitez Wants the Market to Decide How Many Dispensaries Should be Open

The issue of medical marijuana dispensaries took center stage, to no one's surprise, at the latest Los Angeles mayoral debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel both called on the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a medicine and also call for greater regulation as to where dispensaries can open and can remain open.

However, Garcetti said about 100 dispensaries were "about right," while Greuel didn't give an exact number.

Former tech executive Emanuel Pleitez seemed open to a laissez-faire attitude toward the dispensaries. He feels the marketplace should decide how many dispensaries the city should support and that "politicians shouldn't be in the business of setting numbers."

The sole Republican of the forum, Kevin James, called the City Council out for not being able to do anything about putting any sort of order on the dispensaries in Los Angeles.

"More pot clinics than Starbucks? Unbelievable," the Los Angeles Times reports James as saying. "Only this City Council could put a moratorium on 180 or so pot clinics — and it skyrockets to over 1,000."

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