California Supreme Court upholds local medical marijuana bans

Cities and local governments can ban marijuana dispensaries in their areas

A drug war is brewing in California. 

Even though state law allows patients to purchase medical marijuana for medical purposes, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that California cities and local governments can ban pot dispensaries from operating within their borders. The court said the state’s medical marijuana laws don’t explicitly or implicitly limit the authority of local jurisdiction to regulate medical marijuana distribution, saying the state laws “do not establish a comprehensive state system of legalized medical marijuana; or grant a ‘right’ of convenient access to marijuana for medical use; or override the zoning, licensing, and police powers of local jurisdictions; or mandate local accommodation of medical marijuana cooperatives, collectives or dispensaries.” 

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