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Supreme Court Upholds City of Riverside’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance

League’s Friend-of-the-Court Brief Influences Court’s View of Local Land Use Control

May 6, 2013
This morning the California Supreme Court, in a long-awaited opinion, rejected a challenge to the city of Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries. The Court held that neither the state’s Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Marijuana Program limit a city or county from regulating the use of land, and cities and counties retained the authority to provide that medical marijuana dispensaries are not permitted to operate within their borders
 
The Court found support in the League’s friend-of-the-court brief to conclude that neither the voters nor the Legislature in adopting the medical marijuana statues intended to impose a “one size fits all” policy on cities and counties with respect to local land use.
 
The League congratulates the city of Riverside for its victory, which represents an important reaffirmation of local land use control. The League thanks Thomas B. Brown and Stephen A. McEwen with Burke Williams & Sorensen for drafting the League’s friend-of-the-court brief.


 
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