Disabled Rights Not Violated When Pot Shops Closed, Court Rules

A federal appeals court decided Monday that cities do not violate the federal rights of the disabled when they shut down medical marijuana dispensaries.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by severely disabled Californians who were authorized by their physicians to use marijuana for medical purposes.

The patients sued Costa Mesa and Lake Forest, charging that the Orange County cities’ attempts to close dispensaries violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination.

But the 9th Circuit said the law does not protect the use of drugs banned by the federal government.

- Read the entire article at Los Angeles Times.

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