CALIFORNIA: More than 450 medical marijuana dispensaries have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year – more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D.
The new numbers won’t settle the debate over exactly how many medical marijuana dispensaries are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes.
But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened after Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict which medical marijuana dispensaries can operate — and how — across the city.
Before Proposition D passed last spring, police estimated there were roughly 700 dispensaries, though others pegged the number much higher. Fewer than 140 medical marijuana dispensaries are eligible to stay open under the new rules, according to city estimates.