Tuesday evening, in an historic vote, the Los Angeles County Democratic Club endorsed Proposition D, a Medical Cannabis Proposition written and placed on the May 21st ballot by the City of Los Angeles. This is thought to be the first time the Los Angeles County Democratic Club has endorsed a Medical Cannabis Proposition.
Instrumental in bringing the historic vote forward were the efforts of a coalition which included patients, caregivers, union members, The Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and UFCW Local 770.
Proposition D was placed on the ballot by the City because a competing ballot initiative, Initiative F, allows unrestricted numbers of dispensaries to remain open. Initiative F places no limits on the number of new cannabis facilities which can open in the future. The Los Angeles County Democratic Club has voted to oppose Initiative F.
Written by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Proposition D limits the number of cannabis collectives which can currently operate in the City to approximately 100 and does not allow any new facilities to open.
“We have chosen to stand with the City and support Proposition D,” remarked Yamileth Bolanos, President of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance. “We are pleased that the political party to which most cannabis patients belong, has chosen to support Proposition D as well.”
“Democrats wrote the original Medical Cannabis Legislation passed by the State of California,” added Don Duncan, co-founder of Americans for Safe Access. “The endorsement tonight demonstrates their continuing commitment to this issue.”