Crime & Justice

Judge denies bid to stop closure of LA pot shops

A Los Angeles judge has denied an attempt to stop a city ordinance that will shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries beginning Monday.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant on Friday rejected a bid for a temporary restraining order that would prevent city officials from enforcing the new law. A group of 12 patients sued the city saying the ordinance was unconstitutional because it would prohibit access to their medicine.

Hundreds of pot shops cropped up across Los Angeles over the past several years as the City Council wrestled with creating an ordinance. The law, which goes into effect Monday, will force more than 400 dispensaries to close.

Roughly 130 others have six months to meet stringent guidelines to remain open.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.