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City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said Proposition D means “life.”

Proposition D would shut down more than 90 percent of the city’s marijuana dispensaries and put new regulations on the industry and tax sales of the drug

Councilman Bill Rosendahl uses medical marijuana to treat his cancer.

“I can tell you from a health stand point, I would not be alive,” he said, “I would not be standing here right now if it wasn’t for the medicinal use of marijuana. D means life.”

The bill will only allow the 135 dispensaries that opened before 2007 to remain in business. There are currently more than 1,400 dispensaries in L

Councilman Paul Koretz says these regulations will make communities safer.

“Because we didn’t have Prop D, many localities have had a plethora of under-regulated , non law abiding dispensaries operating without the necessary safety measures when in place will protect the surround neighborhoods,” said Koretz.

But, not everyone agrees that Prop D is the right way forward. There is another measure on the ballot, prop F, which takes a different approach.

Prop F will not limit the number of dispensaries in the city. It would also allow dispensaries to remain open until 10pm, two hours longer than Prop D will.

Some legislators, like Councilman Bernard Parks, are opposed to any steps that loosen marijuana laws.

Parks believes that none of these bills should pass.  He was quoted on arguing that Proposition D will increase the “proliferation of illegal pot shops.””[D] will increase the proliferation of illegal pot shops. [It] will place the city in endless litigation,” says Parks.

“His main argument against all three is the fact that under federal and California state law,” said Brittney Marin, Parks’ press secretary. “Medical marijuana is illegal. It’s illegal to sell. Its to buy it is illegal to grow. therefore we shouldn’t have power to tax and regulate in a legal way.”


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