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L.A. City Council Votes to Repeal Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

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The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approve a repeal on the ban they imposed earlier this year on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The so-called "gentle ban" was approved unanimously by the Council in July. It called for the closure of all storefront dispensaries, but left room to allow patients and licensed caregivers to grow their own marijuana for medical use. That pot could be shared by groups of no more than three people.

A petition circulated soon after gathered over 50,000 signatures in support of repealing the ban.

The ban was supposed to go into effect September 6, however the petition put the "gentle ban" on somewhat of a hold.

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Today, councilmembers "said it was time to go back to the drawing board on regulating the city's nearly 1,000 pot shops," reports City News Service. They intend to discuss with state lawmakers for clarification on how cities can regulate dispensaries.

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