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Marijuana Dispensaries Could be Shut Down With Help of DEA if L.A. City Hall Has its Way

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Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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The L.A. City Council late yesterday decided to ask the feds for help in shutting down Los Angeles' medical marijuana dispensaries starting Sept. 6.

Seeing how federal authorities have had no problem cracking down on pot shops in California, this could be a bad omen for L.A. weed stores, which have all been outlawed under city decree:

The Council asked for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the L.A. County District Attorney to come up with a strategy to help it rid L.A. of pot shops.

The ban is being challenged in court and a couple of voter referendum drives, including one by a group called Committee to Protect Patients and Neighborhoods, are gathering signatures in an attempt to overturn the ban at the ballot box.

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City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has in the past defended the drug use at raves as comparable to the imbibing seen at rock shows and sporting events, was gung ho about shutting the cannabis retailers down.

He said he wants police and outside agencies that are helping to create a strategy and get going:

I wouldn't ask them to slow anything down ... I would like them to move forward on that strategy.

[With reporting from City News Service / @dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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