Medical Marijuana

Calif. Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Pot Shop Ban Case

Will consider whether municipalities can ban marijuana dispensaries


The California Supreme Court has set Feb. 5 as the date to hear arguments in a Riverside-generated case over whether local governments can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

City of Riverside v Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness Center came to the court from a November 2011 ruling from the Riverside-based Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two.

It upheld Riverside's assertion that California's Prop. 215 and laws regulating medical marijuana did not preempt the city from creating ordinances that banned storefront dispensaries, and the center appealed.