January 26, 2010

LA City Council Votes To Close Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

January 26, 2010 is the day the Los Angeles City Council put medical marijuana dispensaries on notice.

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.
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