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City Council Approves Medical Marijuana Ordinance, Controversy Still Continues

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A dispensary in the San Fernando Valley | Photo by mares8 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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In a 9-3 vote, the Los Angeles City Council this morning approved the long-fought-over medical marijuana ordinance, despite protests from members of the public on both sides. During public comment, advocates for medical marijuana threatened to bring lawsuits while advocates for limiting the facilities questioned how the city would afford enforcement.

Concerned about the reality of enforcement, Lisa Sarkin of the Studio City Neighborhood Council stood up and said there were 13 dispensaries in Studio City, a community of 28,000 people in a 3- by 1.5 mile area.

Dan Lutz, an advocate for medical marijuana was disappointed. "We are prepared to go forward and stop this ordinance," he said. "We will go the people, We will stop it. We will also go the courts if we have to."