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Los Angeles: City Council Repeals Controversial Dispensary Ban

Thursday, 04 October 2012

Los Angeles: City Council Repeals Controversial Dispensary Ban Los Angeles, CA: Members of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted 11 to 2 to repeal a controversial citywide ban on storefront cannabis dispensaries.

Members of Council in July had approved the ban. However, just weeks following the vote, concerned citizens collected sufficient signatures to place a referendum on the citywide ballot to overturn the ban.

Members of the City Council this week decided to avert sending the issue to a public vote by repealing the ban.

The vote comes just days after the office of the US Attorney for the Central District of California sent 68 warning letters to dispensary owners and their landlords threatening to engage in federal civil action against them.

"Council members say they are hoping that a new federal crackdown on L.A. dispensaries may accomplish what they hoped to achieve with their ban," The Los Angeles Times reported.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at: allen@norml.org, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.