LA to become largest US city with recreational pot

Los Angeles will become the nation's largest city with recreational pot

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 12:44 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 12:44 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles will become the nation's largest city with recreational pot after the City Council voted to license sales next year.

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After months of debate and political snags, the council approved rules Wednesday to usher in commercial sales and cultivation set to begin in less than a month under an initiative approved by state voters.

Under the Los Angeles regulations, residential neighborhoods would be largely off-limits to pot businesses, and buffer zones would be set up around schools, libraries and parks.

However, with the new year just weeks away - and the holidays coming - industry experts say it's not clear how many businesses, if any, will be ready to open their doors on Jan. 1 to hordes of anxious customers.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state for two decades.

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