In what could be a turning point in the city’s seemingly unending battle to regulate the distribution ofmedical marijuana, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all pot dispensaries, while also opening the door to possibly let some remain.
Under the ban, all of the 762 dispensaries registered in the city will be sent letters ordering them to shut down immediately. Those that don’t comply may face legal action from the city.
Medical marijuana activists erupted in jeers after the decision, and police officers were called into the council chambers to quell them. Some activists threatened to sue. Others vowed to draft a ballot initiative to overturn the ban.
“We’re not going to make this easy for the city of Los Angeles,” said Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access.