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Medical marijuana clinics banned by LA City Council (updated)

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An increasingly unruly crowd begins to stand after being repeatedly told to stay seated.

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Two passionate medical marijuana supporters argue with the council and police.

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Police presence is temporarily increased after some members of the crowd act out.

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A smaller crowd than early in the day begins to reenter the chamber.

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Two passionate medical marijuana supporters argue with the council and police.

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The public waits outside of the chamber as the council holds a private session.


Nonprofit storefronts that sell medical marijuana will be banned in the city of Los Angeles under a proposal approved Tuesday.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to prohibit the sale of medical cannabis in retail establishments. However, exemptions will allow patients to continue growing marijuana for their own use, and primary caregivers may continue to distribute the drug.

The vote, which came after hours of public testimony and debate, drew sharp criticism from patients who use medical marijuana to tame the side effects of their illnesses. Some public speakers shouted at council members and then the police officers who took to the council chamber after the vote.

Earlier in the day, the council heard from patients and advocates of medical marijuana. 

“A ban on medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives is an attack on patients. They need this. It can work in other cities,” said Don Duncan, the California director of Americans for Safe Access. “You guys have to get it together and pass regulations that protect safe access for legitimate patients for legal operations.”

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