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Trade Group Sues City Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

Pot dispensary supporters are trying to halt city efforts to shut down more than 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries.

A medical marijuana trade group filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles Friday for its attempt to enforce an ordinance aimed at shutting down pot dispensaries, NBC reports.

The Patient Care Alliance, Los Angeles is seeking an injunction against the ordinance adopted by the City Council last month to halt the influx of dispensaries, which now total more than 1,000 in the city.

About 96 pot shops are housed in North Hollywood, said Deputy City Attorney Tamar Galatzan.

"The City Council's actions are not only reckless, heartless and pointless, they're just plain stupid," Marc O'Hara of PCA-LA told NBC. "The city knows that it will never be able to successfully defend this lawsuit."

This week, city hall mailed letters to 1,046 suspected dispensary locations and to 728 landlords, warning they could face fines or even jail time for staying in business past Sept. 6. While the ordinance was authored to shut down dispensary storefronts, it allows primary caregivers and patients to grow and transport their own marijuana.

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