Los Angeles Pot Shop Vote Could Clear Smoke Over Marijuana Dispensaries

Originally posted on CBS Sacramento:

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Voters approved a law limiting the number of medical pot shops in Los Angeles after politicians failed for years to corral the blossoming industry.

The winning ballot measure on Tuesday caps the number of nonprofit dispensaries at about 135 from a high of nearly 1,000 a few years ago. It also imposes higher taxes, regulates hours of operation, and sets rules on proximity to parks and schools.

The new law was passed several weeks after the state Supreme Court gave municipalities the right to ban stores outright.

The move by Los Angeles voters could be the best chance yet to end the City Council’s patchwork attempts to control or even eliminate marijuana stores – efforts that often backfired.

“I don’t want to keep going on this legal merry-go-round,” said attorney David Welch, who has represented dispensaries in various lawsuits against the city. “I think everyone wants…

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