Can LA Get a Handle on Medical Marijuana?
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Seventeen years after California voters approved marijuana for medical use, the State Supreme Court ruled today that it's OK for cities and counties to ban it. But, in Los Angeles, voters face three ballot measures with ranging degrees of regulation — from prohibiting all but about 130 or so original pot shops to opening up the market to any that meet certain standards. Two of the three would impose new taxes. Is it all about medicine, or de facto recreational use as well? How can LA regulate something that's illegal under federal law?
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California Supreme Court Lets Cities Ban Pot Shops ()
Today, just two weeks before Los Angeles city voters will face three ballot measures on medical marijuana dispensaries, the State Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties can ban it. Some 200 jurisdictions already do. Lisa Leff reports from San Francisco for the Associated Press.
Can LA Get a Handle on Medical Marijuana? ()
Measures D, E and F on this month’s Los Angeles City ballot all deal with medical marijuana dispensaries. None of them is a ban, although the City Council tried that once and then back away due to public opposition. Instead, they all provide different arrangements for regulation. Saul Gonzalez, who has been out visiting dispensaries and/or clinics, has some history about medical marijuana.
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