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California high court recognizes legality of dispensaries, but says localities may ban them

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaThe California Supreme Court ruled May 6 in the case City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center that local governments may ban the distribution of medical marijuana and are not preempted by state law by doing so. However, the court also recognized the legality of dispensaries, more than 1,000 of which currently exist and operate throughout the state. More than 50 localities in California officially regulate the distribution of medical marijuana.

"While the California Supreme Court ruling ignores the needs of thousands of patients across the state, it simply maintains the status quo," said Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access, the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, which filed an  amicus 'friend of the court' brief in the Riverside case. "Notably, the High Court deferred to the state legislature to establish a clearer regulatory system for the distribution of medical marijuana, which advocates and state officials are currently working on." (ASA, May 6)

 

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