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August 19, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- A loophole in the state's mobile-billboard law has spawned fleets of motor scooters, bicycles and sleds hitched to large signs and parked along streets. On Thursday, the state Senate approved a measure that would give Los Angeles and other cities broader powers to get rid of the mobile ads. "We need to go after the new generation of mobile billboards, which are more annoying and dangerous than ever," said Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills)
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May 7, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Kate Linthicum and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court gave local governments the power Monday to zone medical marijuana dispensaries out of existence, a decision that upholds bans in about 200 cities but does little to solve Los Angeles' years-long struggle to regulate hundreds of storefront pot outlets. The unanimous decision provided clarity for cities and counties that want to rid themselves of the dispensaries, which sprouted up statewide after a 1996 voter-approved measure that sought to authorize medical marijuana but lacked specifics in how it would be regulated.
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December 13, 2008 | David Zahniser
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday named an executive with a Los Angeles-based real estate investment fund to replace outspoken planning commissioner Jane Usher, who resigned earlier this week. Villaraigosa picked Sean Burton, who has been serving on the city's West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, to fill Usher's seat on the powerful nine-member planning panel. Burton is president and chief operating officer of CityView, which invests public pension money in housing projects for lower-middle-class families.
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May 6, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Joe Mozingo
A California Supreme Court ruling that cities have the authority to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders raises the stakes for a ballot measure battle over how Los Angeles should regulate the drug, backers of two measures said Monday. An attorney for one of the measures says if none of the ballot initiatives pass on May 21, the City Council may revive its previous efforts to ban dispensaries. “The City Council may be emboldened by the Supreme Court ruling and may seek to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries all together as they did just a few months back," said Bradley Hertz, who represents the backers of Proposition D, which would allow only the 130 or so dispensaries that opened before a failed 2007 city moratorium on new pot shops.
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January 8, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
The judge who declared that key parts of Los Angeles' medical marijuana ordinance are unconstitutional refused to stay his injunction Friday as the City Council works on an amended version, and he rebuffed the city's request for advice on how to rewrite the law. "I don't want to legislate. I'm not the City Council," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr said at a hearing. "I really think I'm going to decline that invitation. " The judge also decided that the dispensaries that asked for the injunction must post a bond.
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July 24, 2012 | By Dan Turner
My post Monday about L.A.'s effort to ban medical marijuana dispensaries  prompted an interesting reply from Special Assistant City Atty. Jane Usher, who spelled out the city's legal justification for its ordinance -- and why the ban, despite my assertions to the contrary, would stand up in court. Usher points out that there's a key difference between the city of Los Angeles' ban -- which the City Council is slated to vote on today -- and the one enacted earlier by the county of Los Angeles, which was overturned earlier this month by the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
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January 11, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries that won an injunction blocking enforcement of key parts of the city's pot ordinance must post a nearly $350,000 bond within 10 days for the court order to take effect, a judge ruled Monday. David Welch, an attorney who represents many dispensaries, said he was confident the bond would be posted. "It's a sizable bond, but it's not insurmountable," he said. "It's our intent to go forward. " Almost 50 dispensaries and operators asked for the injunction, which Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr issued last month.
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February 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state high court considered the legality of a ban on dispensaries by the city of Riverside. Several justices noted that the state Constitution gives cities wide policing power over land use and suggested that the state's medical marijuana laws have not undercut that authority. "The Legislature knows how to say 'Thou Shall Not Ban Dispensaries,' " Justice Ming W. Chin said.
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March 1, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana was the first in the state to prohibit cities from enacting zoning restrictions that effectively ban all marijuana dispensaries. The court was also the first to rule that dispensaries must grow the marijuana they sell, a requirement that would force most of them out of business.
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October 6, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
In a decision that could upend the way California cities regulate medical marijuana, a state Court of Appeal has ruled that Long Beach's ordinance regulating dispensaries violates federal law. The city held a lottery, issued permits to the winners and charged fees, which the three-judge panel said put it in the position of authorizing the distribution of marijuana in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes the possession...
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February 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state high court considered the legality of a ban on dispensaries by the city of Riverside. Several justices noted that the state Constitution gives cities wide policing power over land use and suggested that the state's medical marijuana laws have not undercut that authority. "The Legislature knows how to say 'Thou Shall Not Ban Dispensaries,' " Justice Ming W. Chin said.
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January 26, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Sixteen years after Californians approved medical marijuana, the state's highest court is poised to decide whether cities and counties can ban cannabis dispensaries. The long-awaited ruling by the California Supreme Court, which hears arguments on the issue Feb. 5, follows years of contradictory decisions by the lower courts operating in a void because the state Legislature has yet to define the law or pass detailed regulations. If the court upholds bans passed by more than 200 local governments, as some legal analysts expect, more such measures are likely to be adopted.
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July 24, 2012 | By Dan Turner
My post Monday about L.A.'s effort to ban medical marijuana dispensaries  prompted an interesting reply from Special Assistant City Atty. Jane Usher, who spelled out the city's legal justification for its ordinance -- and why the ban, despite my assertions to the contrary, would stand up in court. Usher points out that there's a key difference between the city of Los Angeles' ban -- which the City Council is slated to vote on today -- and the one enacted earlier by the county of Los Angeles, which was overturned earlier this month by the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana was the first in the state to prohibit cities from enacting zoning restrictions that effectively ban all marijuana dispensaries. The court was also the first to rule that dispensaries must grow the marijuana they sell, a requirement that would force most of them out of business.
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October 15, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
A local judge on Friday upheld Los Angeles' much-contested medical marijuana ordinance, denying motions from 29 medical marijuana dispensaries that had sought to halt enforcement of the law. The decision is a major victory for the city attorney's office, which has invested considerable time and expense in defending the law from a phalanx of lawyers working for dispensaries. Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, who handles some of the most complex cases in Los Angeles County, held a series of hearings over many months on numerous constitutional challenges raised by the pot collectives.
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October 12, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Rand Corp.'s website has removed a controversial study that suggested medical marijuana dispensaries may help reduce crime in their neighborhoods, a decision that came almost three weeks after enraged Los Angeles city attorneys slammed the report and demanded an immediate retraction. Warren Robak, a spokesman for the Santa Monica-based think tank, said Tuesday, "As we've begun to take a look at the report, we decided it's best to remove it from circulation until that review is complete.
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October 12, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Rand Corp.'s website has removed a controversial study that suggested medical marijuana dispensaries may help reduce crime in their neighborhoods, a decision that came almost three weeks after enraged Los Angeles city attorneys slammed the report and demanded an immediate retraction. Warren Robak, a spokesman for the Santa Monica-based think tank, said Tuesday, "As we've begun to take a look at the report, we decided it's best to remove it from circulation until that review is complete.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
A local judge on Friday upheld Los Angeles' much-contested medical marijuana ordinance, denying motions from 29 medical marijuana dispensaries that had sought to halt enforcement of the law. The decision is a major victory for the city attorney's office, which has invested considerable time and expense in defending the law from a phalanx of lawyers working for dispensaries. Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, who handles some of the most complex cases in Los Angeles County, held a series of hearings over many months on numerous constitutional challenges raised by the pot collectives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
In a decision that could upend the way California cities regulate medical marijuana, a state Court of Appeal has ruled that Long Beach's ordinance regulating dispensaries violates federal law. The city held a lottery, issued permits to the winners and charged fees, which the three-judge panel said put it in the position of authorizing the distribution of marijuana in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes the possession...
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August 19, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- A loophole in the state's mobile-billboard law has spawned fleets of motor scooters, bicycles and sleds hitched to large signs and parked along streets. On Thursday, the state Senate approved a measure that would give Los Angeles and other cities broader powers to get rid of the mobile ads. "We need to go after the new generation of mobile billboards, which are more annoying and dangerous than ever," said Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills)
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