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Letters: A workable L.A. pot policy

September 28, 2012

Re "Putting a lid on L.A.'s pot dispensaries," Editorial, Sept. 24

The Times is right to call on the City Council to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles but not ban them outright.

The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients has spent several years studying court decisions in this field and how they should be applied locally. We have shown the City Council and Planning Commission draft ordinances that would provide adequate regulation and survive any legal challenge. Our approach would also protect patient privacy.

A complete ban will only drive the seriously ill back to the black market, since the notion that all patients will be able to grow their own medical cannabis is unrealistic.

James Shaw

Los Angeles

The writer is director of the Union for Medical Cannabis Patients.

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