The City Council passed an ordinance, 9-3 vote, which attempts to close down many of the current dispensaries. After the city passed a moratorium on new dispensaries back in 2007, many dispensaries sprouted up like Starbucks through a so-called hardship loophole.
The ordinance aims to shrink the number of dispensaries from about 1000 to a mere 70, and will require them to be 1,000 feet from each other, schools, parks or libraries. The dispensaries will also be required to close at 8:00 p.m., and patients will not be allowed to use their medicine on-site. The Mayor must approve the ordinance for it to take effect.