Buffer Zone For Marijuana Dispensaries Raises Questions In L.A.

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‚ÄčThe Los Angeles City Council’s proposed restrictions on where medical marijuana dispensaries can locate in the city would eliminate most sites, according to maps drawn by city planners, John Hoeffel of the L.A. Times reports.

City Councilman Ed Reyes said Tuesday that the current proposal — a 1,000-foot buffer between dispensaries and residences or other “sensitive” areas, including schools and parks — “will go out the window right away” when the council returns to the issue today.

The council postponed a vote on the ordinance last week after discovering the restriction would likely either amount to a de facto ban or only leave a few “mega-dispensaries” in isolated industrial parks.
live webcast of this morning’s L.A. City Council debate on the medical marijuana ordinance is available.
Today’s city council meeting begins at 10 a.m. at The John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Medical marijuana is item number 14 on the agenda, so it looks to be a long day.
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