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The research team identified all sources of income and benefits for families, studied eligibility requirements of each and combined them to estimate the total resource families have available. Next, they compared a family’s total resources to the estimated basic living costs for Los Angeles. (Photo/Pixabay)

Social safety net can become a web for low-income L.A. families who start to earn more

USC researchers say increased transparency and more robust benefits for low-income families are needed — particularly when it comes to housing — even after their wages go up to help avoid “plateaus” and “cliffs.”

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In California, dispensaries are required to screen out underage customers before they reach retail areas where cannabis marketing and products are displayed. (Photo/iStock)

Kids and cannabis: California dispensaries lack adequate screening to keep out minors, study finds

Many cannabis retailers have inadequate screening processes that allow minors to enter and view items that should be restricted to adults 21 and over, researchers at USC and University of California, San Diego, found.