One need not be a livid libertarian in order to have found the rollout of California’s REC program highly unacceptable. And there’s a school of quasi-paradoxical thought that insists state regulation is big enough a force to be the illcit market’s prime driver.
But hey, good news: The number of illegal Los Angeles County dispensaries is for the first time in decline. That’s not just a benchmark, it’s a report of a win in a week when one was desperately needed.
- The news came on Sept. 5, in a county Public Health Department webcast. Will Nicholas, director of the department’s Center for Health Impact Evaluation, said that since January of last year the number of unlicensed shops has decreased while the number of licensed retailers is trending upward.
- L.A. County’s tipping-point announcement coincides with news that Governor Newsom might fine Weedmaps for its, er… loyal relationship with the unregulated market.