Bid to repeal L.A.'s ban on pot shops may be headed for ballot

Campaign to overturn L.A.'s ban on dispensaries says it has twice the signatures needed to put the measure before voters, a move that could temporarily suspend law
Los Angeles Times (US)
Thursday, August 30, 2012

A referendum to repeal a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles appears to be headed for the ballot, with pot shop supporters saying that they have collected nearly twice the signatures required to force a citywide vote and key City Council members signaling that they won't try to stop it. Medical cannabis supporters plan to turn in the names of 50,000 voters who want the referendum included on the March ballot. If the signatures prove valid, officials will be required to temporarily suspend the ban, which was approved with much fanfare last month and was due to go into effect Sept. 6.