Medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are feeling the effects of a voter-approved crackdown.
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.
Early ballot returns Tuesday night showed that voters strongly supported a measure that would cap the number of medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles politicians have struggled for more than five years to regulate medical marijuana, trying to balance the needs of the sick against neighborhood concerns that pot shops attract crime.
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.
A judge ruled Friday that Riverside County can’t close medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas because the move doesn’t give the shops any room to operate legally under state law.
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.
An Orange County judge has issued a temporary injunction, ordering seven Lake Forest medical marijuana shops to close.