Federal prosecutors have sent dozens of letters warning medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles and Long Beach to shut down or risk potential criminal or civil action.
Nearly a dozen pot dispensaries are suing the city of Long Beach, claiming police are raiding their businesses and illegally seizing money and property to try and force them out of business.
The Los Angeles city clerk says medical marijuana advocates have gathered enough verified signatures for a ballot referendum that would stop the forced closure of dispensaries and overturn a ban on new pot clinics in the city.
Marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles have been warned – close by Sept. 6 or face court action and fines.
The city of Los Angeles has been considering a ban on all pot shops, but it wouldn’t be needed in the north San Fernando Valley, where police have essentially enforced a ban of their own.
A Fullerton medical marijuana dispensary was shut down by city officials Friday.
Months after Los Angeles ran a majority of medical marijuana dispensaries out of town by passing strict regulations, the ubiquitous shops are cropping up again.
The Los Angeles City Council will review a proposed ordinance that would ease its tough new regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries.