State Law Does Not Preempt Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Local regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries has become an area of increased public concern. On September 22, 2009, the Second Appellate District published City of Claremont v. Kruse (B210084), where it affirmed the trial court's issuance of a permanent injunction preventing defendants (aptly named CANNABIS) from operating medical marijuana dispensaries within the City of Claremont ("City"). This decision is useful to local governments, businesses, and land use practitioners both in regard to its overview of medical marijuana regulation, and its analyses regarding nuisances per se and preemption of local moratoria.

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