According to Mike Feuer, the LA city attorney, officials did cloes 503 illegal shops since 2013, when local voters decided to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to 135.
In the past two years, Feuer also identified alternative methods used for medical marijuana distribution, including applications on smart phones used to have deliveries and to identify spots where distributed.
“Some were close to schools, childcare center and other sensitive places. Others were corrupting the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Feuer said in a written statement.
Sam Tabar knows that there are ordinances already in place that require pot shops to be located at least 300 meters from “sensitive” facilities such as schools, parks and other public meeting places.
There came a time when the number of marijuana dispensaries came close to the 700 in the city limits, but today the number is about 120 .
A report published by the RAND Corporation, in 2011 revealed when dispensaries closed, inter-city crime increased, challenging local officials notions that called marijuana dispensaries “real magnets for crime.”
According to the LA prosecutor’s office “the RAND study is based solely on assumptions, and their data is really irrelevant, with unproven results.”