Drug Law

Merry Xmas Potheads: Parts of L.A.'s Ban Unconstitutional

| by NORML

By "Radical" Russ Belville

(LA Times) A judge handed Los Angeles a setback in its faltering drive to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, granting a preliminary injunction on Friday that bars the city from enforcing key provisions in its controversial six-month-old ordinance.

The decision, issued by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, leaves the city with limited power to control pot stores, which opened by the hundreds, angering neighborhood activists when city officials failed to enforce a 2007 moratorium.

Near the end of his 40-page ruling, Mohr acknowledged “there is a good chance that a large number of collectives could open once this injunction takes effect,” but said his order was warranted because the dispensaries that sued the city are highly likely to prevail in a trial.

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