1) Counties across California are on a tear, banning medical pot dispensaries by claiming they are illegal under federal law, but a California Supreme Court ruling December 6 says they can’t do that, a small victory for persecuted collectives, some say. The case started when Anaheim banned dispensaries, and a collective called Qualified Patients sued. The first court dismissed the collective’s suit, but Qualified Patients appealed and won, sort of. The appeals court said the lower court could not dismiss, and had to rule. Now it was Anaheim’s turn to appeal to the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court refused to hear Anaheim’s appeal December 6 – meaning the issue heads back to the lower courts for trial. Anaheim’s city attorney told the L.A.Times they’ll prepare for trial, in lieu of appealing again. Registered Riverside County nurse and collective owner Lanny Swerdlow called it a victory for upstanding collectives who want to work with cities. More news after the jump.