Getting around pot ordinance

The Weekly found numerous medical-marijuana dispensaries that were supposed to shut down as of June 7 but remain open. They've come up with all kinds of schemes, such as invoking a "members only" policy or just delivering the weed to customers. Under a new city ordinance, 439 had been targeted for closure.

[Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg] said dispensaries that close their doors but still distribute pot, even if only to members, are violating city law and will be prosecuted. "It will be addressed by the LAPD and prosecuted by our office," she said. The City Attorney's Office, however, seemed to be stumped by those dispensaries that turn to delivery, and Greenberg said, it's "something our office is looking at right now." The practice is so widespread that City Councilman Jose Huizar last week proposed an amendment to the pot-shop ordinance that would specifically ban delivery.

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