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Legal defeat for medical marijuana dispensaries could have larger ramifications

May 27, 2010 | 11:41 am

City officials said they won an important legal victory after four dispensaries failed Wednesday to win a court order to stop Los Angeles from shutting them down when the city's medical marijuana ordinance takes effect June 7.

While the decision applies only the the dispensaries that went to court, officials believe the decision means L.A. can start enforcing the long-awaited law as scheduled.

"The floodgates have been closed," said Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a686382b970c-600wiLos Angeles County Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe denied the motions for temporary restraining orders, rejecting arguments from David Welch, the attorney for the dispensaries, that the operators could suffer irreparable harm from daily fines and arrest.

In the video above, Times Staff Writer John Hoeffel, who covers the medical marijuana issue, analyzes the decision and explains its implications.