Appeals court overturns CA city’s marijuana law
October 6, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A California appeals court has struck down the city of Long Beach’s efforts to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, ruling the efforts conflict with federal law banning pot use.
Legal experts tell the Los Angeles Times the ruling may force cities across the state to rewrite their medical marijuana ordinances.
Long Beach attempted to control the number of pot dispensaries by limiting permits to winners of a lottery.
The city’s ordinance was challenged by a dispensary that was ordered to close.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the lottery system conflicts with federal law banning possession and distribution of marijuana.
Pot use is illegal in California except for medical reasons.
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Long Beach’s city attorney says it is up to the City Council to decide whether to appeal.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com