Six more Los Angeles pot dispensaries sue over lottery plan
Six medical marijuana dispensaries filed separate legal challenges Wednesday to a Los Angeles ordinance that would use a random drawing to select 100 pot stores that would be allowed to operate, bringing to at least eight the number of lawsuits seeking to toss out the law.
The lawsuits call the planned lottery "a game of chance," denounce it as "arbitrary, capricious and irrational" and argue that it violates the constitutional rights of the dispensaries.
The dispensaries want a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to stop the city from holding the lottery. "We are asking the court to enjoin the city from taking any adverse action against my clients," attorney Graham Berry said.
The dispensaries are Downtown Natural Caregivers, God’s Gift, Kush Korner V, Medical Kush Beach Club, New Era Caregivers and Safe Life Caregivers.
City officials are proceeding on two tracks. They have moved forward to set up a lottery, but have also appealed a court ruling that invalidated parts of an earlier ordinance that would have used a different method to reduce the number of dispensaries in the city.
-- John Hoeffel