California Supreme Court to Address Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After the federal government’s large-scale crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries throughout 2011 and 2012, the California Supreme Court will now revisit the issue to determine the legality of counties banning dispensaries.

On February 5, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding this issue, which the Legislature has yet to define state laws or pass beneficial regulations.

Though many cities in the state currently have operational dispensaries, several others have seen mass closures. Since no concrete regulation has been set at the state level, local governments are taking on this issue; trying to decide whether dispensaries should be allowed in their prospective counties.

If the court upholds the bans of local governments, it is extremely likely that many more will follow suit.

Since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, the Compassionate Use Act, several cities around the state have remained in limbo. Each city typically takes one of four approaches to dispensaries: dispensary bans, dispensary moratoriums, dispensary regulation ordinances, or the choice to have no local regulation of medical marijuana.

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