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Board approves ordinance to ban medical marijuana facilities

Posted: November 23, 2010 4:38 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2010 6:00 p.m.
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Pursuant to a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Supervisor Antonovich had introduced a motion in July of this year directing staff to prepare an ordinance amending the county's Zoning Code to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries. The Regional Planning Commission, after considering a draft ordinance and conducting a public hearing, recommended approval of the ban to the Board of Supervisors.

"Attracting crime and other nuisances, these facilities have a negative impact on the communities where they've operated -- leading more than 100 cities and nine counties in California to pass similar ordinances," said Supervisor Antonovich.

"Since many municipalities in Los Angeles County currently have either a ban or moratorium, adjacent unincorporated communities would become the obvious location of choice for dispensary operators -- creating an undue burden for residents in these areas."

After a second reading before the board next week, the ordinance will take effect 30 days later.

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