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L.A. officials release list of 141 medical marijuana dispensaries ordered to close immediately [Updated]

March 9, 2011 |  4:14 pm

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office Wednesday released the list of 141 medical marijuana dispensaries that it has warned must shut down immediately or face legal action.

[Update 6 p.m: An earlier version of this post said 140 dispensaries were listed. However, Los Angeles officials added another location since first announcing the action Tuesday.]

COMPLETE LIST: Dispensaries that have applied for lottery or were ordered to close

lThe city has been struggling for years to control dispensaries, which opened by the hundreds when city officials failed to enforce a moratorium on pot stores. An earlier drive to shut down illegal operations was thwarted by a judge’s ruling, which found that parts of the city’s ordinance were unconstitutional. The City Council adopted a new ordinance earlier this year. 

The city attorney’s office has targeted dispensaries that did not register with the city clerk to participate in a lottery that will select 100 collectives to operate in the city. All other pot stores are illegal under the ordinance. Asha Greenberg, an assistant city attorney, sent letters Monday to the operators and landlords of 140 dispensaries informing them that they must close. 

City officials have not set a date for the lottery. The operators of 228 dispensaries have applied to be included in the drawing. The city clerk’s office is still reviewing the applications to ensure that the dispensaries meet a complicated list of requirements, which include having been in business since Sept. 14, 2007, and having at least one of the same owners or managers.

Map: Locations of the 140 dispensaries ordered to close immediately.


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-- John Hoeffel