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LA considers new tactics for shutting down unlicensed pot businesses

Marijuana plants are seen inside a green house, on October 10, 2010.
Marijuana plants are seen inside a green house, on October 10, 2010.
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Recreational pot sales have been legal in California for the better part of a year — but that doesn't mean all pot in Los Angeles is being sold legally. Unlicensed businesses still make up a huge chunk of the city's cannabis industry.

On Friday, the L.A. City Council's Rules committee took up a number of new ideas for getting tougher on illegal businesses. Proposals included shutting off their water and power, padlocking their doors, stepping up fines for their employees, creating a new team of building code inspectors and requiring legal shops to display official emblems that distinguish them from unlicensed stores.