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Live discussion: L.A. City Council repeals pot dispensary ban

Times City Hall reporters Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser will join city editor Shelby Grad at 1 p.m. to discuss the Los Angeles City Council's decision to rescind the pot shop ban, and Councilman Bill Rosendahl's plea to his colleagues.

After struggling for years to regulate storefront pot shops, the council retreated Tuesday, voting to repeal the carefully crafted ban on medical marijuana dispensaries it approved a few months ago.

It also leaves Los Angeles, once again, without any law regulating an estimated 1,000 pot shops, which some describe as magnets for crime and others call a source of relief for those who are desperately ill.

The council's 11-2 vote came after an impassioned plea from Rosendahl, a medical marijuana patient who is fighting a rare form of cancer. Looking gaunt and speaking in a faint voice, Rosendahl asked his colleagues how sick patients like him would be able to acquire the drug if the ban remained in place.

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