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174 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Plan to Stay Open

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Of the 187 medical marijuana dispensaries that registered in 2007, 174 have informed L.A. officials they plan to stay open. The notices from dispensaries are part of the process after L.A.'s ordinance on the shops went into effect earlier this month. Under it, some facilities can lawfully stay open, but hundreds of others were deemed illegal and have to close. That, however, hasn't stopped all of them. The famous KFC-turned-dispensary i Palms that was parodied in an episode of "South Park" was served with a warrant by police yesterday and one person was arrested. Of the 174 that plan to stay open, initial review by city officials indicate that under 100 will actually end up being legalized operations.