California Supreme Court Appears Ready to Uphold Dispensary Bans

The California Supreme Court appeared ready in oral arguments Tuesday to uphold a city’s right to ban dispensaries.

About two hundred California cities and counties have banned lawful medical marijuana collectives from distributing the drug in storefronts for cash to patients, including the city of Riverside. Dozens of others like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and Hollywood tax and regulate clubs. In 2012 Riverside shut down Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center (IEPHWC), citing a local ordinance that labels dispensaries a nuisance.

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