|LAPD testifies before LA City Council regarding dispensary ban.|
To: ALL Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers Who Are Members Of Collectives Within Los Angeles City Limits From: Patient Advocacy Network RE: Los Angeles City Council Rapidly Moves Forward To Ban Dispensaries – Final Vote As Soon As Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Today the City Planning Commission voted to approve city staff recommendations (city attorneys, planning department and council staff [Huizar & Englander – present; Parks & Perry – not present]) to BAN ‘medical marijuana businesses’ in the City of Los Angeles. The City Attorney’s office is calling their new law a ‘gentle ban’ because it still allows for the activities that they think State law intended but bans storefront medical marijuana dispensaries. The commission’s vote was transmitted to council today meaning that it could appear on the next LA City Council agenda for a final vote as soon as Tuesday, January 31, 2012. WHO! WHAT! WHEN! WHERE! HOW! Who: ALL members of ALL collectives in LA city limits directly to the LA City Council What: SAVE OUR COLLECTIVES The LA City Council must hear your voice. The same 10 – 30 faces have appeared at City Hall advocating for safe, enforceable regulations for LA’s dispensaries for the last 6 years. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! The only way your voice is counted on any issue in LA is to file a Speaker Card at the beginning of any council, committee or commission meeting. When your name is called, you get 2 minutes to address the council. When medical marijuana is not on the agenda, you can speak about the topic during ‘general public comment.’ When the topic is an agendized item, you speak your 2 minutes when the item is called to the floor. When: This Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 10:30 a.m. (may be the day Council votes) Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 10:30 a.m. (if it’s on this agenda instead) Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday is the council’s weekly meeting schedule Where: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street (Downtown), Room 340 Public entrance is on the Main Street side of the building. Have ID. You /your bag go through detection devices, like court. How: Never done this before? Don’t know what to say? You will state your name and then identify yourself as a constituent or stakeholder in the city. “I work downtown,” “I live in the Valley,” etc. You then want to clearly voice your support or opposition to their proposal. “I oppose this ‘gentle ban,’ I support my dispensary,” etc. Make your story personal. “I’m a cancer survivor, veteran… Medical cannabis helps me…. My collective is so important to me because…. I rely on more than one collective because….” Remind them you support or oppose the proposal and thank them for their time and consideration. Write it out, read it out loud, time yourself, edit, repeat. BE PREPARED! Prepare a 2-minute and 1-minute version of your comments. When a lot of people show up to speak, the council may choose to limit your time to 1 minute. Contact PAN if you have any questions.