News Voting for Marijuana was the Easy Part, Implementing it into Policy and Community is the Challenge By niele Posted on August 14, 2017 2 min read 0 0 1,352 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr While states vote to legalize marijuana the next phase of implementing it into policy and community has found many states and cities at odds as to how to go about the task. Los Angeles 8th District Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson recently held a telephone town hall to allow the community, the cannabis industry, policy makers and enforcers to discuss marijuana’s evolution in the city of Los Angeles. California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. In March, the city of Los Angeles approved, by a wide margin, Measure M, which required the city to update the unfair and outdated marijuana regulations that have led to inconsistent enforcement and loss of profit. There are over 130 to 140 illegal dispensaries in Los Angeles. With so many illegal dispensaries, the city is proposing to enforce a $20,000 a day fine to the illegal shops and DWP will immediately cut off water and power. On the flip side, there is a push to have more participation from minorities who have been affected by the “war on drugs”. Formal statistics do not exist, but first-hand accounts and reports confirm that cannabis entrepreneurs are overwhelmingly white. To read more click here. This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and was written by Niele.