Tuesday, March 11
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has shut more than 100 pot shops since it began enforcing new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries. But officials say many more continue to operate outside the law.
On Monday, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced an education campaign to alert business owners and realtors about requirements of Proposition D.
That measure, passed by voters last year, permits only about 100 registered pot dispensaries in the city, taxes them and restricts where they can locate.
About 800 dispensaries were believed to be operating before the law took effect last summer. Feuer says his office has prosecuted nearly 300 pot shop owners and employees.
But while dozens of dispensaries have closed, the Los Angeles Times says more than 300 have registered to pay taxes.