Why Compton said no to legal marijuana sales

The California city tries to move on from a painful history scarred by illegal drugs.

  • Rosecrans Avenue, one of Compton’s main thoroughfares, where illegal marijuana dispensaries have operated over the past several years. Though they are occasionally raided by police, many of them return soon after.

    Roberto (Bear) Guerra
  • A green cross is that all remains of a now-closed illegal marijuana dispensary along North Long Beach Avenue in Compton, California.

    Roberto (Bear) Guerra
  • A sign on a vacant storefront along Compton’s Rosecrans Avenue, where illegal marijuana dispensaries have been operating in recent years. It specifies that the landlord will not rent to dispensaries.

    Roberto (Bear) Guerra