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Medical marijuana group files suit against LA

March 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A medical marijuana advocacy group has filed a lawsuit to stop the city of Los Angeles from putting hundreds of outlets out of business.The lawsuit is aimed at a newly passed city ordinance to regulate marijuana outlets.

There are an estimated 1,000 pot shops in the metropolitan area.

The group called "Americans for Safe Access" is upset with a provision in the ordinance which seeks to reduce the number of outlets to only 70.

The new ordinance will take effect Marth 14, 2010.

The ordinance requires dispensaries be at least 1,000 feet away from sensitive areas including schools, public parks, public libraries, religious institutions, child care facilities, youth centers, rehab centers, and other dispensaries.

Marijuana advocates call the new regulations unreasonable and impractical.

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