Pot advocates fail in bid to force LA referendum

March 14, 2010

, Associated Press

Medical marijuana advocates have failed to gather enough signatures to force a referendum to overturn a new Los Angeles law that will shutter hundreds of pot dispensaries. Lead organizer Dan Halbert said Monday that his coalition had gathered about 15,000 voter signatures. The group needed more than 27,400 by Monday afternoon to put the measure on the ballot.

Halbert's dispensary, the Rainforest Collective, is one of hundreds that would have to close under the new ordinance, which caps the number of pot dispensaries at 70. About 128 dispensaries that registered before 2007 would be exempt.

Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, says the group will request an injunction to block the ordinance from going into effect.

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