L.A. Council Bans Pot Shops After Regulation Struggle
The Los Angeles City Council voted on July 24th to shut down all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to shut down all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. That’s no easy task. There are more than 800 of them — more than the number of Starbucks coffee shops in Los Angeles. But after years of struggling to regulate pot shops, city officials have decided to prohibit them altogether.
Jennifer Moran supports California’s 1996 Compassionate Use Act, which allows people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, the new mother says things have gotten out of hand in her East Hollywood neighborhood. She’s flanked on both ends of her block by medical marijuana dispensaries.
“When I walk home from the grocery store, I have to walk past a marijuana clinic where people are standing outside smoking marijuana,” she says. “People stand in front of my house smoking marijuana, and I’m right across the street from a K-2 school.”