LA City Council votes to ban marijuana shops

July 25, 2012
GREG RISLING, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed around the nation’s second-biggest city, lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban them until it has clearer guidance from the state’s highest court.

The 14-0 vote by the Los Angeles City Council drew an angry, profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates who attended the council meeting.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was prepared to sign the ordinance, according to his spokeswoman Vicki Curry. The storefront ban would then go into effect after 30 days.

In the interim, letters will be sent to as many as 900 dispensaries advising them of the ban.

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