Three unsuccessful social equity applicants —ARMLA One, ARMLA Two, and Gompers SocEq— withdrew their year-old federal lawsuit against Los Angeles. The three applicants, with common ownership, alleged the city’s licensing decisions were biased.
ARMLA One had a winning application revoked because a preschool was within 700 feet of the planned marijuana store. Using the “what-about-ism” defense, they argued that several other license winners also were in violation of being too close to schools or libraries.
The group also introduced additional legal arguments, such as a claim that by erecting barriers for out-of-state companies the city’s social equity program violates the U.S. Constitution. By adding legal arguments that weren’t part of the original lawsuit, Los Angeles officials later accused the group of an “endless game of whack-a-mole.”
According to the filing, each side will pay its own legal costs.