Claremont Insider: Claremont Welcomes "L.A.'s Dopest Attorney"

Monday, August 6, 2007

Claremont Welcomes "L.A.'s Dopest Attorney"

Will Bigham has an article in the Daily Bulletin today on Claremont's ongoing fight against Darrell Kruse, the man who kicked off the medical marijuana debate in town.

Kruse, you will recall, opened a medical marijuana dispensary without the city's permission last year and was confrontational from the get-go, forcing Claremont to consider a municipal ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The city approved the ordinance by a 3-2 vote last week, with Councilmembers Taylor, Elderkin and Pedroza supporting the dispensaries.

The city, however, is not backing off its litigation against Kruse over his now-closed, unlicensed dispensary. The creates an awkward situation for Claremont, as Bigham explained:

The paradoxical situation puts council members in the odd position of denouncing Kruse's activity that led to the lawsuit - namely, opening last year without permission - while in the same breath acknowledging that he could one day be welcomed as the operator of the city's planned dispensary.

Kruse's attorney, Allison B. Margolin, is quoted in the Bigham article. Margolin is also a blogger, and calls herself, "L.A.'s Dopest [not dopiest] Attorney. " Margolin was featured in an L.A. Times article, and her blog even has a YouTube ad for the attorney's services: