- - Sunday, November 14, 2010

CALIFORNIA

L.A. weighs allowing pot shops to reopen

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council has ordered the city attorney to draft a measure that would allow 140 medical marijuana dispensaries to reopen in the city.

The council approved the move Friday and will vote next week on an amendment to scale back the long-debated medical marijuana ordinance that passed earlier this year.


The ordinance allowed 180 dispensaries that had registered with the city before a 2007 moratorium to stay open. However, 140 of them were disqualified because they had management changes over the past three years.

Under the proposed amendment, dispensaries could reopen if they have at least one primary owner or manager from the initial registration.

If approved, the city clerk will review all registrations to determine those that qualify under the new amendment.

CONNECTICUT

Better Business Bureau comes under scrutiny

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s attorney general is pushing the Better Business Bureau to stop what he calls a pay-to-play system that rates BBB members better than nonmembers.

Richard Blumenthal’s office says he sent a letter Friday to the BBB’s national office in Virginia outlining his concerns. The rating methods are also the focus of an unrelated Connecticut lawsuit and an ABC News investigation that aired Friday.

Mr. Blumenthal, a U.S. senator-elect, says the BBB should stop linking ratings to membership or fully disclose its rating methods to consumers.

BBB spokeswoman Alison Southwick said Friday her organization disagrees with the characterization of the rating system and how its methods are disclosed, but is working with Mr. Blumenthal on the concerns.

MASSACHUSETTS

Cigarette maker: Woman ignored doctor warnings

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