L.A. Marijuana Dispensaries Face Legal Action If They Don't Close
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The L.A. City Attorney's office this week said it would begin the job of telling most marijuana dispensaries in town that it's time to close up for good.
Of course, that actually happening is a believe-it-when-we-see-it proposition, since the city has been trying to do just that since 2007, only to see the opposite go down as more retailers open shop. On Tuesday you, the voter, said it's time to downsize our pot shop scene:
Voters on Tuesday approved Measure D, which will allow fewer than 135 pot shops to remain in the city. The 1,000 or so other shops in town? Done. At least technically. (Again, if history serves as a guide, don't count them out yet.)
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said he anticipates having to take reluctant dispensaries to court in order to shut them down.
We will begin the process of making all dispensaries in the city, and owners of those properties, aware of the law. We expect a high level of voluntary compliance and we will take steps to ensure that all dispensaries follow the law. In the coming months, we nonetheless anticipate litigation -- both to close illegal shops and to defend the city's new law.
Backers of the losing Measure F, which would have allowed many if not most shops in town to stay open so long as they adhered to certain rules, say they might sue to block implementation of D.
Trutanich is standing firm, saying, "The voters have spoken."
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