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Voter drive launched to repeal LA pot clinic ban

Posted: August 18, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2012 9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks a Los Angeles City Council meeting where the issue of whether to ban marijuana dispensaries that have sprung up throughout the city was being considered.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to put a referendum on the March ballot seeking to repeal the city of Los Angeles' ban on pot clinics.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that advocates need 27,400 signatures within the next three weeks to get the issue on the ballot with the mayoral primary election.

If the measure gets on the ballot, the recently enacted ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries would be suspended.

The referendum drive joins a lawsuit filed Friday by a medical marijuana trade association as another way to overturn the ordinance.

The lawsuit argues the ordinance violates state law guaranteeing legal access to marijuana for medical reasons.


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