LA City Attorney Shuts Down 500+ Illegal Medical Marijuana Shops

LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday his office has helped shut down more than 500 marijuana shops since the passage of Proposition D, which banned all but about 135 medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles.

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Feuer said his office has made "remarkable strides'' since the May 2013 passage of the proposition in reducing the number of pot businesses in the city, working to close 503 medical marijuana shops.

"Many were close to schools, child care centers and other sensitive sites,'' Feuer said. "Others were disrupting the quality of life in our neighborhoods.''

Feuer said his office has worked with police and neighborhood groups, and "we've gotten momentum in our effort aggressively to enforce the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D.''

Feuer's office also is pursuing 245 criminal cases against 1,000 defendants, which include business operators and landlords. His office additionally has worked to shut down a medical marijuana farmers market and a smartphone app that facilitates pot delivery.

Feuer said "several hundred'' medical marijuana shops remain open around the city.

Feuer urged the public to report any illegal medical marijuana shops to atty.medicalmarijuana@lacity.org.

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