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WeHo Passes Ordinance Criminalizing 'Rogue' Pot Shops

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West Hollywood has passed an ordinance that makes it a crime to open "a medical marijuana collective or dispensary within city limits and without a business license this week," reports WeHo News. On the coattails of L.A.'s recent crackdown, West Hollywood "discovered it had no enforcement mechanism available to prevent [a collective seeking to relocate from Van Nuys] from opening, as a violation for dispensing medical marijuana without a business license under current law is governed by the City's administrative remedies program." As a result, an urgency ordinance was drafted and passed, which goes into effect immediately, and "makes the violation a misdemeanor." WeHo has one "rogue" dispensary in operation, but is seeking to close it down via civil action.