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Marijuana dispensary near school for 'at risk' teens sparks outrage

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A medical marijuana dispensary has opened less than 50 feet from an Anaheim continuation high school for "at risk" teens, and fired-up administrators say the proximity violates state law.

Currently, the city is in a high-profile court case over its moratorium banning all pot dispensaries, but under the existing law, no outlet can operate within 600 feet of a school.

Officials say that while the continuation high school -- part of the OC Department of Education's ACCESS program for "at risk" students ages 13 to 18 -- is located in the untraditional setting of a strip mall, the same distance laws should apply.

Open for about six weeks, the dispensary, located at 1877 W. Katella Ave., promotes its services with a green cross and "a cartoon logo of a smiling house with a smoking chimney," notes the Orange County Register.

School officials are investigating their legal options. Meanwhile, students have been instructed to use the driveway farthest from the dispensary.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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