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Proposal to outlaw pot shops fires up LA City Council

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A loophole in the 2007 dispensary moratorium allowed for a crop of new pot shops to pop up across the city. To counter the weed-like growth of storefronts, an ordinance went into effect that limited, via a lottery, which establishments would be allowed to operate.

Now, a recommendation to oust that ordinance, and outright outlaw pot shops in Los Angeles, is burning its way through City Council. This week, the recommendation, and a counterproposal, were approved by a city council committee. 

The proposed ban would signal the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A., allowing only for small groups of patients and caregivers to continue to grow their own.

Councilman and committee member Jose Huizar backs the ban with the belief that obliterating the ordinance would limit the city's liability, while Atty. Carmen Trutanich says the ordinance may be in violation of federal law.