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LA City Council votes to ban marijuana shops
AP ^ | 7/24/2012 | GREG RISLING

Posted on 07/25/2012 1:50:03 AM PDT by markomalley

Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed around the nation's second-biggest metropolis, the Los Angeles City Council banned them Tuesday until the state's highest court weighs in.

The 14-0 vote drew an angry, profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates who attended the council meeting.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was prepared to sign the ordinance, according to his spokeswoman, Vicki Curry. The storefront ban would then go into effect after 30 days.

In the interim, letters will be sent to as many as 900 dispensaries advising them of the ban.

The city has fumbled with its medical marijuana laws for years, trying to provide safe and affordable access to the drug for legitimate patients while addressing worries by neighborhood groups that streets were being overrun by dispensaries and pot users.

"Relief is on the way," said Councilman Jose Huizar, who introduced the so-called "gentle ban."

Many cities have struggled with medical marijuana ordinances, but none has had a bigger problem than Los Angeles, where pot shops have proliferated. At one point, the city ordered closure of the shops — a process that failed amid lawsuits and conflicting rulings by appellate courts.

(Excerpt) Read more at wsbtv.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; medpot; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
Gee, imagine that. Areas with pot shops are overrun by druggies. Whodathunkit?
1 posted on 07/25/2012 1:50:14 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

When marijuana shops are illegaled, only illegals will have marijuana shops.


2 posted on 07/25/2012 1:58:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: markomalley

But.. But.. Where will the one single person with cancer who actually legitimately needs medicinal cannabis go for medicine if they close down 900 pot clinics in Los Angeles?


3 posted on 07/25/2012 2:05:16 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: markomalley

Too late, Peoplez Republik of Kali-Forni-Kate: the frigging toothpaste’s out of the tube. You got what you wished/voted for. Buh-bye.


4 posted on 07/25/2012 2:22:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: markomalley

Those that want pot legalize will always have to deal with their biggest adversary getting in the way.

Themselves.


5 posted on 07/25/2012 3:03:02 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: markomalley

This is really going to tick off Obama voters.


6 posted on 07/25/2012 3:11:26 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


7 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:32 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


8 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


9 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


10 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


11 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:50 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


12 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:50 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: markomalley

And liberals responding with foul language to an action they disagree with. I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!!


13 posted on 07/25/2012 4:20:52 AM PDT by beenaround
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I’m not really as shocked as posts 7-13 would lead one to believe. I hit post just once and the screen seemed to hang for a couple of minutes resulting in multiple posts.

If I had anything to do with it I apologize.


14 posted on 07/25/2012 4:24:12 AM PDT by beenaround
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The hearing came a day after a priest, drug counselors and others decried crime and other social problems they say surround neighborhood marijuana dispensaries.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Boost Local Crime: Study - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_125971.html

15 posted on 07/25/2012 7:37:18 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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I’m not really as shocked as posts 7-13 would......

Don't go feeling all self important, that ain't no record.

Welcome to F.R.

16 posted on 07/25/2012 8:24:24 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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