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Los Angeles judge puts a stop to smartphone app for medical marijuana delivery

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A judge in Los Angeles ordered a smartphone application company on Tuesday to stop arranging the delivery of medical marijuana to customers in the city in violation of a ban on such businesses, prosecutors said.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office filed a lawsuit on Dec. 2 seeking a preliminary injunction against the Nestdrop app in the latest salvo in an ongoing tug-of-war over medical cannabis in America’s second-largest city.

About 130 medical marijuana shops have been granted immunity under a ballot measure approved by voters in 2013 that meanwhile outlawed the operation of hundreds of other similar businesses.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court marked the first time that local authorities have targeted a medical marijuana delivery app, a service that prosecutors argue is prohibited under the 2013 measure.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien granted the city’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the use of Nestdrop to arrange for medical pot deliveries in Los Angeles, and ordered it to remove any reference to such deliveries from the app, Feuer’s office said in a statement.

Feuer’s office estimates that since the prosecutor took office last year he has closed more than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries, which represents half the number of such businesses officials believe to be operating in Los Angles.

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He also forced the closure of a popular farmers’ market for medical pot.

A representative for Nestdrop, which according to its website also arranges for delivery of alcohol, could not be reached for comment.

A map of its coverage area on its site shows Nestdrop serves Los Angeles and surrounding communities, but the company did not appear to serve areas outside Southern California.

Feuer’s office is seeking civil penalties against the company for what prosecutors say are violations of the voter-approved measure restricting medical pot in the city, and for unfair businesses practices.

[Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis]

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