LA to become largest US city with legal recreational marijuana

Los Angeles will become the nation’s largest city with recreational pot after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales next year.

After months of debate and political snags, the council approved rules to usher in commercial sales and cultivation set to begin in less than a month under an initiative approved by state voters.

Under the Los Angeles regulations, residential neighborhoods would be largely off-limits to pot businesses, and buffer zones would be set up around schools, libraries and parks.

Image: Marijuana hangs on a line while drying