Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:
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RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The California Supreme Court Monday ruled that city governments have the authority to outlaw local medical marijuana dispensaries.
The unanimous ruling on the case of City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center was expected to draw scores of medical marijuana advocates to dispensaries around the Southland and statewide to protest a ruling they say would illegally allow cities to regulate and restrict the industry.
While the ruling will likely have an immediate impact on the estimated 700 medical marijuana shops in L.A., Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the court ruling could raise more questions than it answers.
“They expressly sidestepped the opportunity to say whether a city’s local regulation would be preempted by federal law, which as you know, prohibits marijuana for all purposes,” Usher said. “So the court has left open…
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