Calif. Supreme Court: Cities Can Ban Pot Dispensaries
More than 200 localities allowed to keep bans in place
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
Medical marijuana demonstrators hold up signs outside of the Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif. yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

(Newser) – In a major setback for pro-marijuana activists in the first state to legalize the drug for medical use, California's Supreme Court has ruled that cities and towns can legally ban pot dispensaries. In its 7-0 decision, the court sided with more than 200 local governments in the state that ban dispensaries within their borders, saying the bans fall under local governments' authority to regulate the use of land, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Advocates complain that the local bans have resulted in a patchwork of policies that leave many patients who need it most without access to the drug. "It’s a very big hardship for patients who live where they don’t have a dispensary," a Marijuana Policy Project director tells the New York Daily News. "It’s more dangerous to send seriously ill patients to drug dealers to obtain the marijuana they need to treat their illnesses." Activists plan to push for a statewide policy ensuring access to medical marijuana—and a bill legalizing it for recreational purposes.

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Ferd66
May 8, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
So if pot users (sorry, "patients") and growers refer to the plant as "medicine" it should be treated as a controlled substance. So why isn't it, and why have our legislators made an exception for marijuana? No exception exists for any other medicinal. The words "patient" and "medicine" are distorted by pot lobbyists. I live in CA and am glad about the decision.
ewd76
May 8, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
This is no different from the good old days when women of sin wanting an abortion had to go to the next town over to have a coat hanger shoved up their..........
Bieberforpres2016
May 7, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
This has nothing to do with "sick" people getting their "medicine". This is about pothead losers that want to get high.