CNS--Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said today he will continue prosecuting operators of dispensaries that sell medical marijuana, regardless of a proposed city ordinance that would allow cash "transactions" between patients and those cultivating the drug.
"Any proposed ordinance allowing for the sales of marijuana is in direct conflict with California's Compassionate Use Act and Medical Marijuana Program," according to a statement from the District Attorney's office.
"The City Council has no authority to amend state law or Prop 215," according to the statement. "Such authority is solely possessed by California voters. They voted for and passed the Compassionate Use Act, which only authorizes the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The sale of marijuana is illegal under state law."
The City Council's Public Safety and Planning and Land Uses committees on Monday watered down a proposed ordinance crafted by the City Attorney's Office, with the revised version stating, "cash contributions, reimbursements and compensations shall be allowed, provided it's in compliance with state law."
Several members of the City Council cited concerns that the proposed ordinance -- as originally presented -- would virtually eliminate patients' access to medical marijuana.