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7 Pot Shops Ordered To Shut, Too Close To School

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Seven Lake Forest medical marijuana shops have been ordered to close with a temporary injunction issued by an Orange County judge. The businesses, located in a building on the 24600 block of Raymond Way near the Montessori Children’s School House, allegedly violates a new state law banning pot shops within 600 feet of a school, reports CBS Local.

“We are pleased to see state law catch up with our stance that marijuana stores are not a compatible land use near schools,” Mayor Peter Herzog told the Orange County Register. “We will continue to aggressively pursue our stance that marijuana stores were not contemplated on our land use plan and are therefore not allowed in any area of our city.”

A court hearing is scheduled for next month. Despite statewide approval for medical marijuana in 1996, cities and counties "have placed numerous restrictions on where and how they operate," notes CBS Local.