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September 27, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner. Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking medical dispensaries to court to force their closure. The act was the beginning of a rift between Filner and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. Just days after Filner's Aug. 30 resignation, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner's hands-off policy toward marijuana dispensaries.
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Operators of medical marijuana dispensaries are welcoming action Monday by state lawmakers that would block prosecutions for illegal drug sales by cooperatives and collectives under certain conditions. The state Senate on Monday approved legislation saying that a medical marijuana cooperative, collective or other business entity is not subject to prosecution for drug sales as long as the compensation they receive is reasonable and they follow security guidelines set by the state attorney general in 2008.
April 26, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Riverside County businessman Stewart Hauptman's latest venture gives new meaning to the term "recreational drugs." Until recently, he sold marijuana for medical use from a souped-up RV he parked outside a Norco clinic. He refurbished a 1985 Pace Arrow motor home, installing display cases, a baked-goods section and other amenities. He named the operation the Lakeview Collective-on-Wheels and parked the converted RV in a lot outside the clinic, where people were being evaluated for medical marijuana use. "That way, when patients came out of the clinic, they are able to get the medicine right away," said Hauptman, a Riverside County videographer-turned-cannabis-entrepreneur.
November 4, 2009 | John Hoeffel
This was to be the week that the Los Angeles City Council, spurred by a judge's ruling that its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries was invalid, was to take action. But it won't be this week. Or even next week. And it probably won't be the week after. Councilman Ed Reyes, who is overseeing the development of an ordinance on the dispensaries, said Tuesday that he decided it would not be wise to send the draft to the council without trying to resolve several complicated and contentious issues.
June 20, 2009 | John Hoeffel
Seeking to halt the spread of medical marijuana dispensaries, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday sealed a legal loophole that had allowed hundreds to operate in open violation of the city's moratorium. The council now faces the daunting task of trying to shut down these dispensaries. By Friday, 665 had applied to the City Council for exemptions from the moratorium. Most opened without permission. As the first step to closing them, the council must act on each request.
November 26, 2009 | By John Hoeffel
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged the City Council on Wednesday to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance that would put a limit on the number of dispensaries. "We have a right as a city to cap the number," he said, saying that a cap was "without question" needed to reduce the number to a level that the Police Department and city officials can adequately monitor. "Communities have a right to protect the character of those communities and the security of those neighborhoods."
June 27, 2010 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County coroner's office Saturday released the name of the marijuana dispensary worker who was killed at his job in Hollywood just hours after another employee was killed and a second one was injured at a pot shop in Echo Park. Ila Ali Packman, 39, of Hollywood was found dead about 9 p.m. Thursday by his employer at Hollywood Holistic 2 on North El Centro Avenue, off Sunset Boulevard, authorities said. Police sources said Packman had suffered stab wounds, but coroner's Investigator Joyce Kato said Saturday that the cause of death was not known because an autopsy had not yet been performed.
December 8, 2009 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Seeking to bring the city's medical marijuana dispensary boom under tight control, the Los Angeles City Council decided today to cap the total number at 70, but to allow those that originally registered with the city to remain open. Under the city's 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, 186 registered with the city. Officials believe at least 137 of those remain open in their original locations. Under the motion adopted this afternoon, those dispensaries could stay open but could be required to move to comply with the ordinance's restrictions on where they may locate.
September 6, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles city officials say they will not enforce a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries that was due to go into effect Thursday, but they continued to contend that dispensaries are illegal. In a letter posted on the city's website , City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said a recent ordinance banning pot shops will be suspended until election officials can verify the legitimacy of around 50,000 signatures submitted by dispensary supporters last week to qualify a ballot measure to overturn the ordinance.
June 23, 2010 | John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Representatives of 174 medical marijuana dispensaries have filed notices with the Los Angeles city clerk, indicating that they intend to remain open. City officials now face the daunting task of determining whether those stores qualify to operate under the new ordinance. The stores are among 187 that registered in 2007 to continue to operate when the City Council adopted a moratorium. (City officials have long said the number of registered dispensaries is 186 but recently concluded one was inadvertently left off the list.
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