A man advertises a medical marijuana dispensary on Venice Beach in Los Angeles

 
A man advertises a medical marijuana dispensary on Venice Beach in Los Angeles
Will Wilkerson, 26, holds a sign advertising a medical marijuana dispensary on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, November 18, 2009. Hundreds of pot shops have sprung up in the last couple of years across Los Angeles, taking advantage of California's medical marijuana laws to do a brisk trade in cannabis offerings branded with names like "Big Buds" and "Super Trainwreck". Roughly 1,000 marijuana dispensaries now cater to cancer patients and recreational dope smokers alike -- but city prosecutors declared war on many of them this month with threats to take action against those selling pot for profit. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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