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LA City Council puts 2 medical marijuana measures on ballot

Medical marijuana is seen at a dispenary in Los Angeles in this undated file photo.
January 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to place two medical marijuana measures on the May 21 city ballot.

One measure would limit the number of storefront medical marijuana clinics to about 100. There are currently hundreds in Los Angeles.

Another measure would limit the clinics from being located near schools, parks, libraries, child care centers and religious institutions, but would not place a limit on the overall amount of storefront clinics in the city. A 20-percent increase in business tax would be imposed.

The two measures will be decided by voters in May.

A third measure reduces the number of dispensaries but increases the business tax on the establishments. Councilman Paul Koretz sponsored the measure, designed to be a hybrid of the first two. Council members Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander, Jose Huizar and Bernard Parks objected, forcing the measure to be voted on again in a week.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access L.A. -- announced Monday they were supporting Koretz's proposal.

City News Service and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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