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District Attorney Wants to Prosecute Pot Shops Anyway
The people of Los Angeles and L.A. County have elected themselves a hot mess. District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich--both elected by the public--believe most all medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal. That's because their interpretation of state law is that marijuana cannot be just sold to those with licenses, but distributed to members of a nonprofit collective of people who carry licenses.
That's despite L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca (also elected by the people) saying West Hollywood's rules for regulating marijuana dispensaries as a model, one that Los Angeles should follow.
Still, on the heels two L.A. City Council committees (all members are elected by the people) yesterday shooting down Trutanich's proposed marijuana ordinance, Cooley today reiterated his position, saying he will prosecute dispensaries, even if Los Angeles allows them. “What the City Council is doing is beyond meaningless and irrelevant,” he told the LA Times.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.