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City Council Gets Closer to Finalizing a Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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Instead of passing an ordinance regulating medical marijuana today, an embattled Los Angeles City Council instructed the City Attorney's office to write up two versions of the law. At issue is how to restrict the 137 legal dispensaries in neighborhoods--how many feet should they be from sensitive uses like schools and parks and how many feet should thy be from residences?

Two options were approved and sent to the City Attorney's office for drafting and consideration at a meeting next week. One would restrict dispensaries 1,000 feet from sensitive uses and adjacent to residences.

Sensitive uses include schools, public parks, public libraries, child care facilities, youth centers, substance abuse and rehab centers and other medical marijuana facilities. Being located adjacent, abut, across the alley or street and catty-corner would be restricted under a clause about facilities being located adjacent to residences.

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The second option approved for drafting by the City Attorney restricts facilities to 500 feet from sensitive uses and adjacent to residences.

A city report that focused on sensitive uses, but not the residential adjacency clause, found that limiting facilities to 500 feet from sensitive uses will force 62 of them to move. 98 will have to move if the 1,000 foot restriction becomes law. In each instance, more are expected to be relocated with the new adjacent restrictions. Exact numbers are expected next week Tuesday when the two drafted ordinances will be presented to Council.