Los Angeles County Bans Pot Shops In Unincorporated Areas

L.A. County made good on its threat to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. In a 4-1 vote the county's Board of Supervisors moved to outlaw pot shops in unincorporated parts of L.A.

Those parts seem few and far between, but they represent about a million people. So now you'll have to go to the city of Los Angeles (the nation's pot-shop capital) or West Hollywood for your weed.

It looks like Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was the lone no vote on this thing.

Supervisor and sometime cowboy Mike Antonovich was a resounding yes:

"Attracting crime and other nuisances, these facilities have a negative impact on the communities where they've operated -- leading more than 100 cities and 9 counties in California to pass similar ordinances. Since many municipalities in Los Angeles County currently have either a ban or moratorium, adjacent unincorporated communities would become the obvious location of choice for dispensary operators -- creating an undue burden for residents in these areas."

An amendment to the ordinance, introduced by one Yaroslavsky, will impose $1,000-a-day fines on those pot shops that stay open despite the ban.

So buy 'em if you can, while you can, 'cause the board takes a final vote Dec. 7, then this thing is law in an extra 30 days.

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