Will the California Supreme Court Allow Cities to Ban Marijuana Dispensaries?

Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times previews a major decision expected today from the California Supreme Court:

The California Supreme Court  will decide the fate of about 200 city bans on medical marijuana dispensaries Monday, resolving years of conflicting holdings by lower courts.

During a hearing in February, several justices indicated they favored upholding city bans. The justices' comments suggested the court would rule that local governments have wide policing powers that state medical marijuana laws have not usurped.

If the court rules in favor of the bans, many more communities are expected to zone dispensaries out of existence.

Read the rest here. Click below for Reason TV's report on the Los Angeles City Council's attempt to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Competing revenue streams. Cities apparently make more money (and politicians get more votes) from prohibition than from commerce. But it wouldn't be California if it made good decisions.

    I would argue that zoning decisions be more localized, down to the community level. If this street wants to allow medical marijuana and the next doesn't, honor that. Or maybe down to the plot level. If this real estate owner wants to sell- Aw, hell with it.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Zoning by the square meter!

  • sarcasmic||

    Cities apparently make more money (and politicians get more votes) from prohibition than from commerce.

    Aggressive enforcement of contraband laws makes everyone poorer as goods are destroyed and fines are levied, but it looks good.
    The problem with commerce is that it creates rich people, and although everyone as a whole becomes richer, inequality looks bad.

  • robc||

    Zoning shouldnt exist, but I see you got there.

  • MSimon||

    When Endocannabinoid becomes a household word these battles will be over.

    Endocannabinoids - The Science.


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