California: Supreme Court of California ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of California ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries through zoning.
The Supreme Court of California’s unanimous vote that local governments can use their land use powers to zone out or ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
According to the Supreme Court of California, the state’s medical marijuana laws do not grant authorized users convenient access to cannabis.
The Supreme Court of California issued its ruling in a legal challenge to a Riverside ban in 2010.
It’s estimated another 200 jurisdictions have prohibitions on retail marijuana sales.
California is one of 18 states allowing medical use of marijuana and it’s the only state that doesn’t have a system for regulating growers and sellers.
California is also the only state that allows residents to obtain a doctor’s recommendation for any ailment the physician sees fit. Others allow access only for conditions like AIDS and glaucoma.
Marijuana advocates blamed the absence of state oversight and the failure of local authorities to adopt operating guidelines that fall short of banning medical marijuana dispensaries for the Supreme Court of California’s decision.
There are 2 bills are pending in the California State Legislature that seek to establish a new statewide system for regulating and licensing the medical marijuana industry, and to clarify the role of dispensaries in it.
Advocates hope to see language that would make it harder for local governments to outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries by requiring voter approval for any bans.
Marijuana remains illegal under United States federal law and the United States Attorneys has threatened to seize the property of landlords who lease space to the shops.
Needles, California has 3 medical marijuana dispensaries and some in the community wonder what will happen with those 3 medical marijuana dispensaries now.
During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, Needles Council Member Linda Kidd informed both the public and members of the Needles City Council that the City of Needles has received money from 2 medical marijuana dispensaries from the new sale tax on the sale of medical marijuana within the City of Needles passed by voters in November 2012.
Although the exact amount the City of Needles is receiving from the new sale tax wasn’t given out to the public, sources tell ZachNews that it is in the thousands of dollars.
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