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Long Beach Pushes Forward with Dispensary Regulations

Long Beach residents will soon be asked to tax medical marijuana dispensaries, even as city officials continue to draft regulations for the pot shops. City council members voted at their Dec. 17 meeting to direct the city attorney to prepare documents to put a tax proposal on the ballot in April. The initiative would impose a city tax on medical ...

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Long Beach May Impose MMJ Tax

Medical marijuana dispensaries that do business in Long Beach could find themselves paying a new local tax. Long Beach voters may be asked to decide next year whether they want to impose a 6 percent tax rate on medical pot shops, plus a minimum $1,000 business license tax. City Council Member Suja Lowenthal asked in December that City Attorney Charles ...

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L.A. Ups Enforcement Against Dispensaries

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office is stepping up its war against what the city deems to be illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. Last month City Attorney Mike Feuer filed suit against a new retail pot shop that was trying to open in Mar Vista. Owners Justin Keirn, Patrick Murphy and Harvey Katofsky were sued along with Lancaster Villas LLC, Hypericum ...

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Long Beach Working Out Kinks in MMJ Ordinance

Efforts to welcome medical marijuana dispensaries back to Long Beach hit a snag in December. Earlier this fall, the city council asked staff to draft an ordinance regulating a small number of pot shops within city limits. But that attempt stalled, at least briefly, when officials realized the council’s instructions would shut dispensaries out of most of Long Beach. Council ...

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Santa Monica May Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Amid all the bad news for medical marijuana dispensaries in and around Los Angeles in recent months, there have been a few bright lights. Now there’s a new, if small, sign of hope. City officials in Santa Monica are debating rules that would allow two dispensaries to open shop in a town that has none. Though any changes are months ...

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Whittier to Ban Dispensaries

closed dispensary

Another light has gone out in Southern California. Whittier has now joined the long list of cities, towns and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries. The situation was already bad, but in some place it continues to get worse. The Whittier City Council voted 4-1 at a special meeting Nov. 19 to ban all dispensaries in the city. They ...

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L.A. Dispensary Tries To Open Despite Ban, Sued To Shut Down

Los Angeles city officials have been cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries since mid-October. With strict guidelines laid down by Measure D, the intent was to establish order in the otherwise chaotic pot shop market, primarily by restricting how many dispensaries can legally operate in L.A. But that didn’t stop some enterprising operators from attempting to open a new pot ...

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Measure D Starts Collecting Fines

The first fines are coming in under Los Angeles’ effort to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries across the city. A landlord in South L.A. has paid a $500 fine, the first collected under Measure D. He was fined for leasing space to an unregistered dispensary. Measure D was approved by voters earlier this year. It’s an attempt to force ...

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Cannabis in California Serves as a Template for the Nation

17 years ago California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, though there were many warnings of negative consequences. A rise in drug use. A rise in crime. Disorder. Chaos. These were the warnings given about legalization. But nearly two decades later there are no real problems from legalization in California. To the contrary, actually. With MMJ so readily ...

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LA Goes After Illegal Dispensaries

Marijuana jars in dispensary

The crackdown promised by new medical marijuana regulations in Los Angeles has officially begun. As of mid-October, the city announced it will be prosecuting 38 dispensaries that have flouted its order to close shop. Officials estimate there are nearly 800 illegal pot shops in town, while other estimates put the number closer to 1,000. The city has sent letters to ...

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