So far, numerous California cities have enacted bans including: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, Dana Point and Costa Mesa. Santa Ana has had a ban on dispensaries for the last six years, though there are still several dozen still operating. Other cities have struggled to regulate the shops, including L.A., which currently has two competing proposals to allow dispensaries before L.A. City Council. Garden Grove California has a ban, but nobody has ever enforced it.
“We’re not enforcing our own laws because we don’t want to have big lawsuits,” said Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater to the Orange County Register. “We’re sort of in limbo until that case goes before the Supreme Court.”
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But attorneys for the city of Riverside say that since the federal government does not recognize medical marijuana, the state should rule in favor of the cities. “California cannot authorize what federal law prohibits,” Dunn told the Register. “That is the crux of the argument.”
Oral arguments begin tomorrow, and a decision is expected as early as April.
More from our news archive on California dispensary bans: “CA Supreme Court To Review Controversial Medical Marijuana Cases“; “CA Supreme Court Throws Out Marijuana Dispensary Ban Case“