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L.A. Marijuana Maps Show How Pot Shops Will Be Squeezed by Available Turf

The city has had to strike a balance between the not-in-my-backyard neighborhood councils and the burgeoning cannabis business, which is expecting an explosion in demand next year as legal recreational sales come online.

Recently unveiled maps showing where marijuana retailers can exist in Los Angeles once the city starts issuing dispensary permits next year illustrate a quandary for entrepreneurs hoping to tap into the green rush brought on by recreational marijuana legalization in California: There are few locations where weed selling will be legal.

The Department of City Planning drew up the maps based on proposed buffer-zone rules that prescribe an 800-foot distance between most pot retailers and schools, parks, libraries churches and other dispensaries.
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