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LA City Council votes to ban marijuana shops

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a woman who complained about having to push her baby’s stroller through clouds of marijuana smoke near dispensaries

What a responsible mother. Instead of complaining and crossing the street for the benefit of its offspring, she prefers to complain and harm the kid.

As usual, some people think it's their right to tell others how to live their lives. Believe this, don't smoke that, can't eat this, deal with condom breakage for life, etc, etc, etc. Hypocrites.

Where are them clouds again?

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Agree Vesperto she wasnt forced to push her pram through the clouds, she Choose to, she could have crossed the street, or gone the other way or taken a cab or even MOVED.

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Fantastic news for organized crime, and police budgets...oh those sick people who benefit should take one for the team this is a war!, unwinable but a war none the less. Bunker down hide all snacks and avoid common sence at all costs. Those pot heads can give a very hurtful shrug when pushed to the edge.

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At one point, the city ordered closure of the shops—a process that failed amid lawsuits and conflicting rulings by appellate courts.

Sounds like they're ALL stoned. If the voters approved it, then it should be legal. If the voters didn't approve it, then it should be illegal. If people can't remember which it is, then they're spending too much time at the clinics.

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Pot don't hurt?? Sure, keep on puffing away, guess why so many folk back in the USA are so fat?? lazy?? well smoke enough pakalolo as they call it out in Hawaii and and you will see what getting the munchies on a daily and nightly basis does first to the body and then bodies, Diet Pepsi is not gonna help.

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I had forgotten all about this but then on a trip to LA last fall we stayed a while near venice beach, lots of medical dispensaries there, the sweet smell was wafting by pretty regularly & lots of interesting sales techniques were being employed haha.

Sine I cant stand smoking anything I just enjoyed the scene as passes by on the boardwalk there, if this passes might be a little less jovial down on the beach!

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This is a blow to those who truly need marijuana. There are enough reliable studies out there now to show it does benefit cancer patients and some people with eye disease. But 900 dispensaries does sound like a bit much, it sounds like half of LA either has cancer or eye trouble. Just copy the laws that limit how many liquor stores are allowed and their locations and I think that would clear up a lot of the problems with these shops.

This is not a victory for the city, it is a victory for the drug world and I bet that drug related violence will increase because of this decision. The U.S. calls itself a democracy, and the people of California said they want this so in my opinion the courts are violating the constitution here.

This is not an easy stance for me as my first wife was a casualty of a marijuana smoking teenager (driving while stoned). But with regulations as tough or tougher than alcohol I believe it is OK.

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The ban also allows hospices and home health agencies to provide medical pot.

Those who genuinely need it appear to still have access to it. Just means the hippies and pot heads can't stagger around stoned out of their drug-addled minds, calling everyone 'man' and having a craving for massive amounts of food.

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umh, in holland they have de-criminilized weed for i don't know how many years now, probably before i was born. The country is still a rich country (despite the eurocrisis) and there's no roving bands of mad post-apocalyptic potheads roaming the streets, the country hasn't fallen into ruin because of this but they do get a part of the profit since they can impose taxes on it, i don't know exactly how much but its quite the decent number every year. Uruguay wants to do the same, they're talking about 30 or 40 million (dollar i think) a year extra in taxes if they would. Few months ago, in the netherlands the new (old) conservativists, longing to bring the past to the future (something that never worked anywhere since time only goes forward and entropy is undeniable and can't be regulated by paper law since its a basic law of nature) tried to impose a weed-pass to prevent foreigners from coming there to buy a few grams or smoke a few joints. Probably foreign conservatie lobbies who prefer their kids (as if its only kids ...) to drink lots of alcohol because weed is dreughss ... result : they lost control over what was sold quickly since trade took back to the streetcorners. There's a lot to be learned from that little place when it comes to that.

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Well, that's just, like, your OPINION, man.

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umh, in holland they have de-criminilized weed for i don't know how many years now, probably before i was born. The country is still a rich country (despite the eurocrisis) and there's no roving bands of mad post-apocalyptic potheads roaming the streets, the country hasn't fallen into ruin because of this but they do get a part of the profit since they can impose taxes on it, i don't know exactly how much but its quite the decent number every year. Uruguay wants to do the same, they're talking about 30 or 40 million (dollar i think) a year extra in taxes if they would. Few months ago, in the netherlands the new (old) conservativists, longing to bring the past to the future (something that never worked anywhere since time only goes forward and entropy is undeniable and can't be regulated by paper law since its a basic law of nature) tried to impose a weed-pass to prevent foreigners from coming there to buy a few grams or smoke a few joints. Probably foreign conservatie lobbies who prefer their kids (as iffor its only kids ...) to drink lots of alcohol because weed is dreughss ... result : they lost control over what was sold quickly since trade took back to the streetcorners. There's a lot to be learned from that little place when it comes to that.

Polite question: Were you stoned when you wrote this? Not that I am about to condemn that, nor the line the Dutch tolerance took towards soft drugs the last decades. I doubt the turn around, probably under pressure of other nations, will be effective. Forcing the trade underground into illegality will create more problems than keeping in a controlled open.

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It is interesting how the original article states "The 13-1 vote drew an angry", but this version states "The 14-0 vote drew an angry" - You can see the original version in the Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/los-angeles-city-council-considers-ban-on-marijuana-dispensaries-amid-crime-worries/2012/07/24/gJQAXPXL7W_story.html

Why would JT change that? makes this paper look a little fishy, no?

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