Crime & Justice

Deadline arrives for closure of LA pot shops

City officials are waiting to see whether hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles will comply with orders to shut down.

Monday is the city attorney's office's deadline for more than 430 pot collectives to close, or face possible civil fines or criminal charges.

Last week, a judge dismissed last-minute legal challenges from pot shop owners and patients seeking temporary restraining orders to keep those shops open.

That decision paved the way for officials to enforce a long-awaited law that will slash the number of dispensaries to somewhere between 70 and 130.

Dispensaries that registered before a 2007 moratorium can stay open if they adhere to new guidelines, which include being 1,000 feet from schools, parks and other public gathering sites.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.