LA cracking down on pot dispensaries after new law

LA city attorney shutting down dozens of pot dispensaries following voter-approved clampdown

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FILE - In this May 14, 2013, Rosy Solis, left, and Nicole Denis help fill medical marijuana prescriptions at the Venice Beach Care Center medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office is in the process of shuttering 38 pot shops that do not comply with a recently approved municipal ballot measure. It is not known if the Venice Beach Care Center will be affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are closing after voters approved significant restrictions on pot shops.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office is in the process of shuttering 38 dispensaries that don't comply with a recently approved municipal ballot measure.

Feuer told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17w3vyp ) that there will be more prosecutions to come.

Another 42 shops have already closed since July, when Measure D took effect.

The law only allows 134 nonprofit dispensaries in the city. There were nearly 1,000 a few years ago.

The city struggled with how to regulate the budding industry until voters agreed to sharply reduce the number of shops and tax those that remain.

Shops have to move if they're within 600 feet of a park, school or child-care facility.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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