Long Beach Medical Marijuana Collectives Organize in Face of Ban

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Long Beach medical marijuana advocates, Long Beach Collective Association, filed a request for Injunctive Relief seeking a court stay on a City imposed ban on dispensaries.

As the scheduled ban on Long Beach medical marijuana dispensaries takes effect, members of the Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA) are closing their doors. But if all goes according to their plans, the shut down won’t last for long. Jina A. Nam, General Counsel for the LBCA filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief in L.A. County Superior Court’s South District Thursday seeking a stay on the City Council imposed ban.

The court action, case number NC057995, Long Beach Collective Association vs the City of Long Beach, was filed on behalf of medical marijuana patients who fear losing safe access to medicine that they say alleviates their suffering from serious illness and injury. Among the Plaintiffs are a Purple Heart and National Defense Service Medal decorated Vietnam War Veteran who suffers from Agent Orange related diseases and PTSD; a young cancer survivor with one useable leg; and a former Long Beach Longshoreman, now a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. Plaintiffs also include the LBCA and Adam Hijazi, Managing Member of the Long Beach Green Room. The legal action follows the filing of a Notice of Intent to collect signatures for a Ballot Measure filed with the City by medical marijuana advocate Jeremy Coltharp last Monday.

Although LBCA collectives have ceased dispensing medical marijuana, patients arriving at Collective sites are being greeted with Voter Registration forms, Volunteer Sign-Up Sheets, and information about the upcoming ballot measure.

The ballot initiative has attracted a broad coalition of activists and advisors, including Gautam Dutta, an election law attorney who has previously advised the Long Beach City Council on election laws; Charles Davis, the former City Clerk of Compton for 30 years who now counsels and advises city officials as well as campaigns; and other campaign consultants and professional community organizers.

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Carl Kemp -- (562) 277-4639
Jeremy Coltharp -- (562) 450-9447
Casey McFall -- (310) 920-0648

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