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LA city council to consider ban on marijuana shops

Posted: July 24, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2012 11:30 a.m.

The state and many cities have struggled with medical marijuana ordinances, which have been the subject of lawsuits and heated public policy debates.

The vote will come after a day of heated debate among friends and foes of the pot shops that have sprung up around the city. At a news conference Monday, a priest, drug counselor and others decried the crime and problems surrounding the storefront dispensaries. A woman complained about having to push her baby's stroller through clouds of marijuana smoke near dispensaries in her east Hollywood neighborhood.

Proponents of the pot shops, including unionized dispensary workers and medical marijuana patients simultaneously held a rally opposing the ban. The United Food and Commercial Workers recently began backing dispensary workers.

A counter proposal brought by Councilman Paul Koretz could grant 100 dispensaries limited immunity, under special restrictions on where they can operate.

The council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted in May to end storefront pot shops and allow small groups of patients and caregivers to grow marijuana.


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