CA Justices Hear Medical Pot Dispensary Case

Following oral arguments Tuesday, it appears that the California Supreme Court was not persuaded that medical marijuana dispensaries could operate in cities that have banned them.

The main questions in front of the justices, which held a special session on the University of San Francisco campus, were: do municipalities have the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their city or county limits or can state law strip them of their power to regulate land use within their borders?

The case, City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, was one of three the justices heard February 5th on the college campus.

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.