Cash is good at LA medical pot shops

Nov. 25, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles can still accept cash after the city council worked to avoid tying the word "sale" to the dispensaries.

The council, working through 50 proposed changes to the city's medical marijuana ordinance, also signaled it likely would cap the number of dispensaries to 70 to 200, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The council, which avoided the word "sales" on its lawyers' advice, determined Los Angeles would allow "cash contributions, reimbursements and compensations" as long as they comply with state law barring the sale of the drug.

"We have some very elegant and flexible language that will adjust as state law is defined," Council President Eric Garcetti said.

Council members also asked city officials to provide information next week on capping the number of dispensaries and on restrictions that would bar dispensaries either 500 feet or 1,000 feet from places such as schools and parks.

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