The California Supreme Court appears poised to leave intact the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Ben Adler has more on the court’s oral arguments today in a case involving a dispensary and the city of Riverside.
Here’s the core question for the justices in this case: Do state laws that allow the use of medical marijuana trump the long-standing powers of local governments to make their own land use and zoning decisions? Many justices appeared skeptical. Here’s Justice Joyce Kennard pressing the attorney representing the dispensary: