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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.