L.A. Approves Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries; Advocates Vow to Overturn Decision

LA Bans Marijuana DispensariesAfter the Los Angeles City Council voted this week to shut down the city’s 762 marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana advocates said they will work to overturn the ban.

The City Council also approved a seemingly contradictory proposal to allow 182 marijuana dispensaries that registered with the city under a 2007 ordinance to stay open, NBC News reports.

Under the ruling that shuts down the marijuana dispensaries, groups of up to three patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow their own medical marijuana. The ordinance also gives exemptions to hospices, licensed clinics and home-health agencies.

At least 850 marijuana stores are currently operating in Los Angeles, city officials estimate.

Americans for Safe Access, a national medical marijuana advocacy group, said in a statement they will seek a referendum to reverse the new law.

Full story of ban on dispensaries at DrugFree.org

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