Pot plans take shape

January 18, 2006

Associated Press, Los Angeles Daily News

A regulatory plan for medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County was approved Wednesday by the Planning Commission.

The plan, which would allow cannabis to be eaten and smoked on-site for medicinal purposes, was approved 4-0 by the planning commissioners.

The five-member county Board of Supervisors will review the ordinance in the next couple of months, officials said.

Advocates argued that smoking marijuana should be allowed at dispensaries because some patients can't find a safe place to do it.

Planning commissioners would let dispensaries sell pipes, rolling papers and other equipment used for marijuana. However, the county ordinance does not allow dispensaries to be located within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, childcare centers and religious facilities.

California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, which allows certain patients to use marijuana to help treat illness.

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