State Supreme Court Confronts Pot Club Regulation

California Supreme Court Building
California Supreme Court

Medical marijuana clubs have once again caught the attention of the California Supreme Court.  The justices agreed this week to examine four cases that will test whether local ordinances regulating or banning the pot dispensaries are have been asked to resolve whether local governments can regulate or ban the pot clubs in their jurisdictions.

In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 215 allowing medical marijuana use even though federal laws bar the sale and use of the drug.

This comes at a time with federal authorities across the state have stepped up enforcement actions against pot dispensaries in an effort to close their operation.

The court may also address whether federal or state law preempts the local regulation of medical marijuana.

The cases on the court’s docket come from Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Some cities around the state opted to regulate the clubs while others are banning them and others have put final actions on hold to see what the high court decides.

Cases:  City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health & Welfare Center, S198638;

People v. G3 Holistic, Inc., S198395; Pack v. Superior Court, S197169; Traudt v. City of Dana Point, S197700.

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