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Proposal Would Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in L.A. County Unincorporated Areas

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Marina del Rey, Altadena, East L.A., Topanga, Stevenson Ranch and other L.A. County unincorporated communities could see an all-out ban on medical marijuana dispensaries if a proposal becomes law. Supervisor Michael Antonovich introduced a motion (.pdf) on Tuesday that requests staff to propose revise county code "for a complete ban of all medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas of the County" and for a public hearing on the matter.

Because hundreds of cities either have bans or moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, Antonovich says it puts a burden on unincorporated communities. "It is entirely unfair for our County unincorporated residents and business-owners to shoulder the burdens and impacts of MMD’s when surrounding cities have taken steps to ban the use within their borders," he said.

Current county code says facilities must obtain a conditional use permit before opening a store. Dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of churches, day-care centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools, and other sensitive uses.

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Antonovich's motion will be heard at next Tuesday's Board of Supervisor's Meeting.