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City prosecutors release list of 439 medical marijuana dispensaries that must close [Updated]

Dispensaries quietly close as L.A. ordinance takes effectThe Los Angeles City Attorney's office on Tuesday released a list of 439 marijuana dispensaries that have been ordered to shut their doors after a new city council ordinance went into effect beginning this week. [Updated at 6:06 p.m.: The Times has previously published maps of dispensaries ordered to close and dispensaries allowed to operate.]

City prosecutors reported Monday that most of the collectives had complied with orders to shutter their businesses and said they would take a wait-and-see attitude 

Holdouts face civil penalties of $2,500 a day and up to six months in Los Angeles County jail. The remaining dispensaries have until Monday to file paperwork showing their intent to comply with the new local restrictions.

The City Attorney's office said it will wait to see if any of the medical marijuana establishments stay open in violation of the law and said it might take enforcement action against those that flout the law.

For now, city prosecutors said they are relying on reports from police officers, building inspectors and residents to identify potential violators. They also set up an e-mail address (atty.medicalmarijuana@lacity.org) to take reports on dispensaries suspected of breaking the law.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Uh...what might be helpful is a link to the list. Thanks.

Thank God. If you live in a neighborhood with lots of these pot stores, you know they have been a nightmare. If you don't live in a neighborhood with them, you have absolutely no idea what problems they cause for the community. Many of these places are run by drug-dealers who care about one thing: money. If people are harmed and neighborhoods are wrecked by their stores, they could not care less. Nothing matters to them but money. They are the worst, worst people. Thank God they will not be able to destroy any more communities.

Thank you LA City Attorney's office for simultaneously accomplishing nothing to make our city safer, and at the same time shutting down all three of the only fair-priced collectives in the valley.

A nice companion to the link identifying the list of dispensaries that are closing would be one that highlights the businesses that will remain open.

Paul, I bet you are OK with that Liquor Store or bar on the corner however.

What would be more helpful is the list of dispensaries permitted to remain open.

There couldn't be a worse time to close down 400+ viable, taxpaying businesses.

Re: Paul: "If you live in a neighborhood with lots of these pot stores..."

You're telling me the clientele at a "pot store" is worse than a liquor store? Marijuana, if used properly, is an effective treatment for numerous medical maladies. Not to mention, a great way to relax.

Now go take a look beneath a freeway underpass. Those guys passed out in rags the ones who smell like fermented wheat-- what is it again that they are addicted to again?

I hope they go after liquor stores next, those have been WRECKING AND DESTROYING my neighborhoods for decades and NOTHING has been done. Always had one right around the corner from every school I attended (except UCLA). Who am I kidding, they will continue to ignore the issue since I live in a poor, predominately Latina/o neighborhood and alcohol is not demonized at all.

Well, I guess I'll be seeing a rise in street gangs and drug dealing on my streets from now on. That's the plan anyways isn't it? Kick the businesses out of the "good" neighborhoods and let the poor and people of color deal with the consequences and ignore the issue until it becomes a "problem" again... outta sight, outta mind right?

Pot stores are the least of our worries at this point. Truth be told... people are going to smoke regardless of the laws... yeah so Paul, you'll be enlightened to know that the pots stores that closed down in your neighborhood will be replaced with the old fashioned drug dealers that our country has relied on for years... you tell me which is more seedy and crime promoting.

support your local drug dealer

I live in a neighborhood with tons of them and I haven't seen any problems. This is reactionary measure that makes zero sense. Drug dealers add crime, not legal shops.

outpatient -- these businesses don't pay taxes -- they're "nonprofits," remember?

Hey Paul... Just wait until the neighborhood street gangs take back control over the black market the City Council just created. The non-taxed and non-regulated transactions they will conduct will likely be more harmful, and will most likely bring more crime and violence to your quiet street.

You will wish the security guards that every dispensary has were back on the job.


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