Signatures gathered for L.A. pot measure

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates say they have gathered enough signatures to place a referendum before voters that would overturn a recently approved ban on pot clinics in Los Angeles and halt planned closures of dispensaries next week.

Advocates said Wednesday they have the support of more than 50,000 people who want to nullify the ban approved by the City Council last month. The city clerk‘s office has 15 calendar days to verify the signatures. If the measure qualifies for the ballot next year, the ban would be suspended.

The ordinance says medical marijuana may be grown and shared only by groups of three people or fewer, and it outlaws the sale of the drug in stores. City officials have been notifying dispensary owners that they must shut down by Sept. 6.

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