In brief: Council bans medical marijuana shops
Los Angeles – Unable to rein in the hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries that have cropped up across the nation’s second largest city, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to ban pot shops outright until it has clearer guidance from the state’s highest court.
If approved by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the storefront ban would go into effect after 30 days.
In the interim, letters will be sent to as many as 900 dispensaries advising them of the ban.
Many cities have struggled with medical marijuana ordinances, but none has had a bigger problem than Los Angeles, where pot shops have proliferated. At one point, the city ordered closure of the shops – a process that failed amid lawsuits and conflicting rulings by appellate courts.
This time around the city has a stronger case if faced with lawsuits by pot shop owners, city officials said. A recent appellate court ruling seems to support the new ordinance.
Cosmetic procedure brings death charges
Philadelphia – A woman who calls herself the “Black Madam” is facing murder charges stemming from the death of a tourist from London who received an illegal buttocks-enhancing procedure.
Padge Windslowe, 42, was charged in the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi, 20, following a series of silicone injections performed at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
Windslowe, who police said uses multiple aliases, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and unauthorized practice of medicine. Windslowe, who also bills herself as a musical artist and uses the stage name “Black Madam,” is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 8.
Aderotimi complained of chest pains and shortness of breath after receiving the injection on Feb. 7, 2011, police said. Prosecutors said Windslowe told the woman to drink fluids and call an ambulance if necessary, then left. Aderotimi died hours later at a suburban Philadelphia hospital.
After receiving test results from the Food and Drug Administration, Delaware County ruled Aderotimi’s death a homicide, concluding that she died from a blood clot that lodged in her lung because of complications from the silicone injection.