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Road Trip: In Search of Good Medicine - Pure Life, West L.A.

Posted on  January 18, 2013 by  News Admin

  On the heels of continued raids by the DEA of four legally run dispensaries in Los Angeles, West L.A. dispensary owner Yamileth Bolanos is pretty much at the end of her Hemp rope, so to speak. Bolanos, who is founder and owner of Pure Life Wellness, has been at the forefront of cannabis activism in the city of Los Angeles, where recently dispensaries were threatened with closure by city officials. With the creation of GLACA, the "Greater Los Angeles Cannabis Alliance," Bolanos, with other longtime dispensary owners, banded together to create their own entity in order to deal with the powers that be, driven by the philosophy that "strength in numbers" matter. "We founded GLACA in 2006 to help create ordinances on how dispensaries should behave, because the city would not instate ordinances until 2010," Bolanos said. "Those who were operating safely and were respectful of their neighbors needed a way to differentiate from profiteers who did not care about patient safety, or were otherwise problematic in their behavior." Gangsta Land Visits to a few Los Angeles area dispensaries had this savvy dispensary patient concerned, as the environment in some definitely had a little too laid back feeling, in my humble opinion. Rumor has it an Armenian faction - a strong demographic in the Los Angeles area - has a corner of the city's cannabis market. But in my mind, any product that has the capacity to make a good deal of income would attract a business-minded, entrepreneurial faction...