Medical Marijuana Ban Arguments to Be Heard By California Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court this week will hear arguments about whether cities can use zoning laws to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The high court will begin hearing oral arguments today from attorneys representing Riverside and attorneys for Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana collective in the city.

The Supreme Court’s ruling will be binding on numerous cases questioning the use of zoning to ban dispensaries and could affect dozens of cities bans.

“The Supreme Court is going to bring clarity and uniformity to the law because we now have some courts of appeal that have ruled in favor of cities in these issues and some that have ruled in favor of medical marijuana dispensaries,” said T. Peter Pierce, an attorney for Los Angeles-based Richards, Watson & Gershon, whose firm is representing Upland in a similar case that was appealed to the Supreme Court.

“And, the trial courts are feeling like they don’t have concrete guidelines and have been all over the place on this issue.”

Medical marijuana patients were given the right to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use after voters passed Proposition 215 – The Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

– Read the entire article at Los Angeles Daily News.

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