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L.A.'s drive to control medical marijuana moving slowly

October 1, 2009 | 10:50 am


The city of Los Angeles' high-profile drive to gain control over medical marijuana dispensaries is moving slowly.

The L.A. City Council adopted a moratorium on new dispensaries in 2007 but failed to ensure it was enforced. In the last two years, the 186 dispensaries allowed to stay open during the ban have been joined by hundreds of others.

That has irked law enforcement officials who argue that many, if not most, of the dispensaries operate as nonprofit collectives in name only.

Next week, police officers and prosecutors from around L.A. County plan to meet for a training lunch to discuss "the eradication of medical marijuana dispensaries."

Read the complete story on L.A.'s medical marijuana dispensaries.

-- John Hoeffel

Photo: A patient displays a jar of medical marijuana outside the Roscoe Compassionate Collective in Canoga Park. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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