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L.A. lawmakers question tax renewals for medical marijuana shops
L.A. lawmakers question tax renewals for medical marijuana shops

Last year, Los Angeles voters sought to clamp down on medical marijuana shops, approving a host of restrictions that were expected to forcefully winnow down the number of such businesses. Yet as the city tried to shutter hundreds of pot shops, one arm of government kept registering new ones. Earlier this year, more than 450 medical marijuana shops filed renewals to pay business taxes with the Office of Finance -- more than three times as many stores than what is estimated to be allowed to stay open under Proposition D. Even more -- 972 shops -- remain actively registered with the city, according to officials. Finance officials said they cannot assess whether a business...

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