After letting marijuana dispensaries multiply across the city, Los Angeles is getting tough on them, telling some to shut down while the city council works to close a loophole that allowed many to open. The city issued a moratorium on new dispensaries in 2007, but many people filed “hardship exemptions” to get past the rule. Now LA has some 800 shops; 28 were told to close or face fines last week, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“They were like a rash,” said a councilman. The crowds at a dispensary near a high school made the place look “like an ice cream shop from the 1950s."