Fate of LA Pot Shops Left to Voters

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles politicians have struggled for more than five years to regulate medical marijuana, trying to balance the needs of the sick against concerns that pot shops attract crime.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide how Los Angeles should handle its high with three measures that seek to either curb the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open. Several hundred clinics are currently open.

City councilors passed an ordinance in 2010 to cut the number of shops to 70. But numerous lawsuits were filed by dispensaries. The city approved a ban, but two months later repealed it.

The proposition with the most votes wins, but only if it collects a majority. If none of the measures pass, the issue could bounce back to the City Council.

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