L.A. City Council Votes 14-0
to Ban Pot Stores
LOS ANGELES, CA – July 24th 2012. Coalition for a Drug Free California (CDFC) celebrates Los Angeles City Council's vote to ban Domestic Marijuana Cartels.
"Today's vote demonstrates yet another city is fed up with these Domestic Marijuana Cartels. Over 200 cities across California have banned pot stores, and that number grows weekly. LA tried to play nice with pot stores by allowing a certain number to exist only to find themselves up against a rowdy wild-wild west of illegal businesses that brought crime, blight and increased youth marijuana use. Other local governments can learn from LA. The lesson is simple: don't let them in, in the first place. Now we need strong leadership in Sacramento to help ensure California becomes smoke-free, from marijuana," said Dr. Paul Chabot, president of the Coalition for a Drug Free California.
Pot Stores have 45-days to close.
LOS ANGELES, BY THE NUMBERS:
• Over 1,000 pot stores on the streets of LA - more than Starbucks, McDonalds, banks, schools and parks, combined.
• 200% increase in robberies
• 52.2% increase in burglaries
• 57.1% rise in aggravated assaults
• 130.8% rise in burglaries from autos near pot-stores
• Youth marijuana use at its highest rate in a generation
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