Of Medical Marijuana Shops in Studio City

Lisa Sarkin gets questions about the meeting she led last week.

I think there are far too many dispensaries in Studio City—for such a small area, no more than two should be sufficient in our entire Studio City.  What can be done? —Lee

Thank you for this question, Lee.  There are currentlyon Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.  Ten of them are located east of Laurel Canyon, with the greatest concentration between Colfax and Tujunga.

I received so many emails and calls after the latest dispensary opened over the New Year’s weekend, four doors west of a current dispensary location and very close to the homes on the hillside. 

I decided to place the issue of the proliferation of MMD on the (LUC) agenda last week to have a frank discussion with our stakeholders.  

About , several of them who operate MMD.  Many questions were answered and many statements were made that surprised us.  It was decided to put together a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Advisory Committee.  Ten stakeholders volunteered to be part of the committee.

The task of the committee will be to continue the path the LUC has taken to make a list of recommendations of how we would like the MMDs to operate.  The SCNC board will then approve that will approve these recommendations for the MMDs in Studio City. 

We decided that if the federal, state, county and city governments cannot get the regulations on the books for various reasons, we will do it.  We agreed that the voters of California made it clear that medical marijuana is a medicine and citizens should have access to it.

Miki Henderson January 17, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Wow who are all these potheads Lisa who are voting for keeping them opened? I can't believe this poll up here! Why do we need more stores like this than Starbucks? Gals, just find a nice bottle of chianti and chill!
Vince Grant January 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
With all due respect to Ms. Henderson, the problems of marijuana are not going to be solved with prohibiting it anymore than the Volsted Act of 1919 solved the problems of alcohol. As a society, we will either come to terms with its existence in our lives and deal with it as we have tobacco and alcohol, or we will continue to lose this futile war on pot. Consider this, how many people do you know between 25 and 65 who have never smoked marijuana? I repeat, prohibition will not work!
Deborah Cosentino January 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Hello Miki: I'm one of the potheads wanting to keep these stores open. I'm 61years old with many medical problems. I thank God every day that I now have access to medical marijuana as it is the only thing that helps relieve my pain. Of course I could be using really serious presecription drugs, which I believe are much much worse for my health than vaporizing marijuana (you do know what vaporizing is I hope). It's a pity that more people are not aware of all of the benefits there are using marijuana. I don't know how I would be able to function without it.
Deborah Cosentino January 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
thank you Vince.
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