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D-Day for Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Today is the day. After a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries was set in 2007, Los Angeles politicians finally agreed on an ordinance regulating them earlier this year (discussions about the ordinance began in 2005). It goes into effect today, meaning over 400 shops -- hundreds popped up after 2007, despite the moratorium, using a legal loophole -- have to close or likely face some kind of enforcement.

Over 100 facilities will be left, which has advocates and patients concerned about access. Which ones will be closed and which ones will stay open? Check out this map.