Brown Gives Cities the Ability to Control MCDs

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:27 AM PDT
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Brown Gives Cities the Ability to Control MCDs

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Jars full of medical marijuana are seen at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles

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Gov. Jerry Brown believes each city should be able to control its own weed -- or at least where that weed is.

The governor signed a bill Wednesday that will give local governments the authority to restrict the location of medical marijuana dispensaries.

AB 1300 was introduced by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) and was supported by the Los Angeles city attorney, whose city has become a beacon of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bill was a direct answer to several Los Angeles-based pot shops that sued the city for trying to regulate where they could operate.

The new law will also give cities across the state the ability to file civil or criminal charges against violators of its regulations.

Another bill was sent to the governor this week that would further limit where pot shops could open. SB 847 would prohibit shops from opening within 600 feet of homes.

Brown has yet to sign that measure.

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