L.A. ban on medical marijuana shops: A Times/Google+ Hangout
The Times will host a Google+ hangout at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Times reporter Kate Linthicum and city editor Shelby Grad to discuss the Los Angeles City Council's unanimous vote Tuesday to ban all pot dispensaries.
Under the ban, all of the 762 dispensaries registered in the city will be sent letters ordering them to shut down immediately. Those that don't comply may face legal action from the city.
The new ordinance will allow patients and their caregivers to grow and share marijuana in groups of three people or fewer. But activists complain that few patients have the time or skills for that, with one dispensary owner saying it costs at least $5,000 to grow the plant at home.
The council also voted to instruct city staff to draw up a separate ordinance that would allow dozens of pot shops to remain open. Officials said that proposal, which would grant immunity to shops that existed before a 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, could be back to the council for consideration in three months.