Top 10 Marijuana News Stories For 2012, LA Weekly-Style
3. Obama says smoke 'em if you got 'em. Sort of. Strange days, though, when the Obama administration's Department of Justice is going after medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. and the president is saying that small-time pot users shouldn't be prosecuted in medical-legal states. Obama told Barbara Walters recently that federal authorities "have bigger fish to fry," adding: "It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's legal." Um. Okay.
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2. L.A. crack down. So Obama is like, Blah-blah-blah smoking weed is no big deal I used to do it. Then his administration targets every pot shop in downtown and Eagle Rock and tells them to shut their doors or be prosecuted like common drug dealers? That's exactly what happened in September. Each and everyone one of those shops got warning letters and then follow-up visits by federal agents. Wisely, some if not many closed their doors.
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1. Dispensaries live! After the L.A. City Council banned all pot shops in town, dispensaries organized and fought back with a referendum that forced the council to either bring the matter to voters or overturn its own ban. It did the latter. Pot shops remain and, perhaps, thrive (except for those in downtown and Eagle Rock), although there are now two ballot initiatives aiming for May that would regulate and even shut down many shops, depending on how you vote. Your weed is safe for now.